How about a nice, back to basics discussion on the different types of lock
lubricant and which ones to use in different situations. I'm new to this
group and would like to know which lubricants are best in different lock
applications. There was a thread earlier that touched on the use of WD40 .
While I understand it isn't really a lubricant as much as a cleaner, after
the lock is clean, what lubricant?
My specific situation is with my '97 Toyota 4Runner. The key doesn't always
smoothly operate the ignition lock. I take the key out and turn it over and
sometimes that works, sometimes not. I normally use graphite for the
outside door locks and that seems to work, but I don't know about graphite
for the ignition lock. Similarly, my '96 Neon ignition lock was giving me
fits. Took out the cylinder and brought it to my local favorite locksmith
and he fixed it in a snap. Too bad I wasn't there to watch!
I've also heard that Toyota ignition locks don't like a lot of keys hanging
off the key ring while driving. Is that so? If so, why is that?
- posted 17 years ago