Key Locks Freezing??

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  1. 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? :)
     
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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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    Squirt some de icer into the keyhole, that used to work for me.
     
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    Wd40.....:xThumb:
     
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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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    Yep graphite is the old remedy :)
     
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    Not a good idea causes grit sand etc., to stick in the lock. OK in an emergency but don't use it too often.
     
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    We put a spray grease in our barrels. Never had a problem.
     
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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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    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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    One way to get graphite into a lock is to use a soft pencil on the key a few times, used to work when I was on the tools.
     
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    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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    Absolutely not, WD40 isn`t a lubricant.
     
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    No, but it is a water repellent.
     
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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:

    Martin
     
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    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.
     

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