Key Locks Freezing??

BeeSea

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Has anyone got the secret to avoiding door and locker key lock barrels freezing?...Or do I continue with red hot keys slowly melting the barrel? :)
 

Wildbill

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never had one freeze up in all my time driving must have Ben lucky even -40 deg
bill

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if you haven’t any de-icer then pee in the lock, always works:xThumb:
unfortunately woman will find it difficult :xdoh:
 

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A couple of ours froze up last time we were away so when the sun got on and thawed them out I put a bit of WD40 in (they have a shield over the lock so you need the pipe) next morning -11 and all was OK.

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A couple of ours froze up last time we were away so when the sun got on and thawed them out I put a bit of WD40 in (they have a shield over the lock so you need the pipe) next morning -11 and all was OK.

Martin
Quite a few posts over the years about not using WD40 in locks, apparently it can set hard and stops the key going in.
 

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Quite a few posts over the years about not using WD40 in locks, apparently it can set hard and stops the key going in.
People who used to work in the lock-making industry used to say "Never use oil to free-up a lock, use Graphite instead". I assume that oil encourages muck to stick in the mechanism and gum everything up.

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I am reminded of a letter to the motoring correspondent of “The Times” about 50 years ago. She had advised, as winter was approaching, that a good way to thaw a frozen car lock would be to pee on it. The warmth and salt contained would swiftly remove any ice. An astute reader asked her how such a task might be achieved by a woman?

The reply was that one of the fairer sex “could always ask a policeman”.
 

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Reading this through and especially Dave's post above I realised that "of course" I don't use a key as we have central locking on all but the gas and toilet doors, I do still squirt the barrels now and again just because I don't use them, what froze up at Shrewsbury last time out was the locker handles and mechanism but after a quirt to remove the moisture they were fine the next colder morning.

And I have managed to get the marks it left off the bodywork as well:xrofl:

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No, but it is a water repellent.
Yes it certainly is but it will remove any lubricants and dry out the moving parts over time.
The old 3-1 oil is the wiser choice or use ACF 50.
 
Jan 8, 2013
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Absolutely not, WD40 isn`t a lubricant.
Function[edit]
The long-term active ingredient is a non-volatile viscous oil which remains on the surface to which it is applied, giving lubrication and protection from moisture.[11] This oil is diluted with a volatile hydrocarbon to make a low viscosity fluid which can be aerosolized to penetrate crevices. The volatile hydrocarbon then evaporates, leaving behind the oil. A propellant (originally a low-molecular-weight hydrocarbon, now carbon dioxide) creates pressure in the can to force the liquid through the can's nozzle before evaporating.[11]

Its properties make it useful in both domestic and commercial settings. Typical uses for WD-40 include removing dirt and extricating jammed screws and bolts. It can also be used to loosen stubborn zippers and displace moisture.[citation needed]

Due to its low viscosity, WD-40 is not always a suitable oil for certain tasks. Applications that require higher viscosity oils may use motor oils. Those requiring a mid-range oil could use honing oil.[12]

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Function[edit]
The long-term active ingredient is a non-volatile viscous oil which remains on the surface to which it is applied, giving lubrication and protection from moisture.[11] This oil is diluted with a volatile hydrocarbon to make a low viscosity fluid which can be aerosolized to penetrate crevices. The volatile hydrocarbon then evaporates, leaving behind the oil. A propellant (originally a low-molecular-weight hydrocarbon, now carbon dioxide) creates pressure in the can to force the liquid through the can's nozzle before evaporating.[11]

Its properties make it useful in both domestic and commercial settings. Typical uses for WD-40 include removing dirt and extricating jammed screws and bolts. It can also be used to loosen stubborn zippers and displace moisture.[citation needed]

Due to its low viscosity, WD-40 is not always a suitable oil for certain tasks. Applications that require higher viscosity oils may use motor oils. Those requiring a mid-range oil could use honing oil.[12]
An excellent detailed post, all I will add is during the winter months spray some WD-40 on the tools in your garage or workshop and see how long it takes for them to go rusty, then try some ACF 50 on them, they will never show any signs of rust.
 

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Not long enough!
I've had a security handle lock freeze, so i couldn't close it to move off.

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The only problem we had was a rainy night
we went to bed and over night the temperature dropped and we woke to find the whole garage
door handle and lock side encased in a sheet of ice nearly 30cm wide 2m long
and 4cm thick
We actually use graphite on the locks
but in this case it was a rubber hammer
 
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