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My key is getting stuck in the ignition. Like the last 20% of the way in it gets really stiff and sticks in there pretty good. I can still get it in and out and its usable, but i'm wondering what is the best lubricant/cleaner to help make the key slide in easier?
 

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My suggestion would be a liquid that contains teflon and dries after a bit. I have some that I got from a bicycle shop that works great for situations like this. Since it's in liquid form it gets into all the nooks and crannys but since it dries it doesn't attract dirt as quick as a true liquid lube.
Probably find something like that in a Lock Lube from an autoparts store.
 

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Dupont makes the teflon spray, I got it at Lowes or try a autoparts store and get som graphite powder, its kind of messey but sure works.
 

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thanks, i think i'll try using graphite powder
 

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I had this exact problem on my new Z1000. A little squirt of WD-40 cured it.
Graphite is better because it doesn't attract dirt like WD-40.
 

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WD it first because it breaks up rust and will repel water that gets inside. Then use a teflon spray.
I used to be an LP specialist, so I was always replacing and servicing locks and cores. That teflon stuff somehow works wonders. It's like duct tape.

Maybe your key is bent, consider that? Just another possibility.
 

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Same problem here. Used WD then "Lock Ease" seems better. As time goes on it gets smoother. Need to do another Lock Ease application.
 

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I had this exact problem on my new Z1000. A little squirt of WD-40 cured it.
Remember that WD40 is actually a solvent, the reason it works as a lube is because it normally "re-liquefies" the existing lube which will just gum up again when the WD evaporates away. That's not to say that it will start sticking again, just that WD is not really a lube. WD stands for Water dispersant and 40 for the 40th recipe that they tried.

at least that is my understanding of WD, maybe it's an urban legend............
 

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I'd make sure the key isn't tweaked at all. even if it's slightly bent (barely any at all) it can get "stuck"
+1! If I try to twist my gas cap open too hard or turn my key too far in my seat lock, when I put it back in my ignition it can be "sticky"! I look at my key and see which way it is bent and twist it a little the other way in my gas cap and the "stickiness" goes bye-bye! :agree:
 

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yeah my key was bent
 
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