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This is a discussion on Another Stuck Gas Cap within the General Ninja 650R forums, part of the Kawasaki Ninja 650R category; The lock for my gas cap is stuck, which from my research is pretty common. I've been traveling for work the past 6 weeks so ...

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    Up-And Comer biker21sp's Avatar
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    Another Stuck Gas Cap

    The lock for my gas cap is stuck, which from my research is pretty common. I've been traveling for work the past 6 weeks so the bike has just been sitting. When I flipped open the cover and saw the heavy white corrosion, I know I was going to have trouble. The lock used to get a little hard to turn, I would hit it with a little WD-40 and it was good to go. This time it's rock solid. I've already searched the threads on how to fix this and started working on it last night. I sprayed it down good with WD-40 and worked the key a little. Now, I know WD might not be the best choice, but it's all I had on hand last night. I'll be stopping tonight at the auto parts store to see if the have any PB Blaster. Once I get the lock to open I'll be hittint it with some compressed air to blow all the penetrating oil out and I want to give it a good lube.

    Now, my question is what type of lube are y'all using and where are you getting it? I've seen that it looks like a lithium or silicone spray lube might be best. Is one type better then the other? Brand? where to buy??

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    Mine was doing this as well. I tried everything with no avail. Almost twisted my key off in it a few times. Eventually I bought a vortex cap and plate. No more problems.
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    Have you tried pushing down on the cap while turning the key? This seems to make it easier for me...

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    I've researched all the options. I already push down on the gas cap and have for a long time with multiple bikes. This is not the first time I have had a problem, but it's much worse than any other bike I have dealt with This problem is with the lock cylinder not turning. The vortex sounds like a great option, but I am likely selling/trading this bike at the end of this riding season and don’t want to sink too much money into it. If a $5 can of lube will work over a $100 new cap set up, that is the way I am going. Now, if I end up having to destroy the lock (thinking hammer and screw driver) to get into it, then Vortex it is.

    The main questions is should I be using a silicone or lithium lube and where is the best type of place to buy it (auto parts store, home depot, street corner, machinist supply store, bike shop, etc....).

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    I think I might've put either Dupont Teflon Multi-Use or ACF-50 (I don't remember which) in mine and haven't had a problem in awhile. It was stiff for a little while though.
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    I sprayed mine down with the Dupont Teflon multi-use lube a few weeks ago as it was getting hard to open. Made a huge difference.

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    I have this problem too, i never remember to lube it until im sitting at the gas station for 10 min almost twisting my key off in the gas lock, next 100 bucks i get im definetly investing in a vortex race cap
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    I have always been able to open my cap, but since the first fillup I did notice that I had to push down much more than I ever did with my 250R. No signs of any corrosion or stuff like that.
    It hasn't got any worse over the past 1+ year. But I could see someone who didn't know could possibly break the key off in my lock.
    Would some of that telfon lube make a difference in this case?

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    i have lubed it with teflon lock lube but i dont know if its a coincidence but it seems like when i fill the tank all the way up it happens more frequently, im thinking mabey the gas being sloshed around is stripping all the lube from the 2 tabs that retract that allow the cap to open, either way its a problem that id rather not deal with, i lost my spare key so i only have 1 key left and id rather not break it off in the lock because of my gas cap
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    Maybe just open it every couple of days. I've went a couple weeks without filling up but still had no problem.. Maybe the new gen fixed most of these problems many of you are running into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrBenNinja View Post
    i have lubed it with teflon lock lube but i dont know if its a coincidence but it seems like when i fill the tank all the way up it happens more frequently, im thinking mabey the gas being sloshed around is stripping all the lube from the 2 tabs that retract that allow the cap to open, either way its a problem that id rather not deal with, i lost my spare key so i only have 1 key left and id rather not break it off in the lock because of my gas cap
    Did you lube the tabs or the keyhole? I just sprayed some down the keyhole and then used the key to open it a few times and it was good as new.

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    both, it works for while but i dont remember too keep up with it until its too late, im def getting a twist off cap
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    I picked up some liquid wrench and lithium spray lube. The liquid wrench worked good in addition to the wd40 I but in it two days ago. I'm giving it today to dry out a little and will be giving it a good lube tomorrow. I would open it every couple of days if I could, but I have been traveling for work and not home often. If I was home, this would not be a problem because I would be riding it and filling the take every couple of days. The past five weeks on the road have not left much time for riding; I've gotten one or two rides in on the weekends, but they were short and I did not have to worry about fuel.
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    I use one drop of 3 in 1 oil in the key hole and one drop on each side of the inside slide latches, work the key back and forth a few times then close it, lasts several months. At the first sign the key seems to hang just a little, repeat the process. I always push down on the cap before locking or unlocking.
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    For hte lock cylinder itself, dry graphite lube is the absolute best, according to those who should know (locksmiths). Personally, I lube the keyhole with liquid wrench once a month. For stuck caps, I use a ton of liquid wrench to get it to open (multiple applications followed by soaking time), and once it's open, I hit the tabs with it too. If it won't open after multiple dousings, try squirting it around the outside of the cap where the tabs are. Chances are that the cylinder is lubed again, but the tabs are sticking.

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