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Sticky gas cap?

My gas cap is terrible to open and close, and has already torqued the key a bit. Any advice on smoothing it out? Can I use graphite in it like any other lock?
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Yes, you can. Consider picking up a can of lock ease.

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On my 09 V-650 mine did the same thing. I just shot a little WD-40 in the key slot and ran the key in a few times and it worked like a charm. Bought some steel key blanks after that to have handy. Then i put a keyless gas cap on it and have put one on my last 3 bikes. Heres the one i have on my V-1K.......Fits the V-650 & V-1K.....https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-4-Turn-Ra...cAAOSw6nNZqtaC


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I find it's difficult to open unless you really push down on the cap while twisting key
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I find it's difficult to open unless you really push down on the cap while twisting key

That is what I have been doing, but the turn is really gritty.
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I find it's difficult to open unless you really push down on the cap while twisting key
same here. as you turn the key, you should be pressing down on the cap. when you close it, push down and turn the key at the same time as well. this method should work, short of having lock corrosion, or otherwise boogered up lock.
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I had this problem and have used WD40 to no relieve to the problem until I fill tank top every time so the fuel lubricates the lock mechanism . its been 9 years and I still use the same original key and tank lock without any problem.
( i know petrol is not a lubricant but somehow that's the best advise i got from local mechanics and its works fine)
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I had this problem and have used WD40 to no relieve to the problem until I fill tank top every time so the fuel lubricates the lock mechanism . its been 9 years and I still use the same original key and tank lock without any problem.
( i know petrol is not a lubricant but somehow that's the best advise i got from local mechanics and its works fine)
i have a 2008 with original cap as well.
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I do press down when turning, but the turn itself is very tight and gritty.
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I do press down when turning, but the turn itself is very tight and gritty.
I'd try some dry graphite lube in the key slot first and open close the cap numerous times to work the graphite in completely....if that fails to do the trick, then I'd run some WD-40 into the slot. If that still doesn't smooth it out, then I'd be thinking there is some mechanical imperfection in the cap or lock mechanism itself.

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Don't use graphite in modern locks. It will cause corrosion. Use a Moly or Teflon dry lube or your favorite spray lube.
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...Can I use graphite in it like any other lock?
You'll get "dissimilar metals" corrosion.

WD40 works PDG for ME....


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i just gassed up today. the push down and turn method worked fine, and the cap lock works like new on my 2008 V. as humid as it is here, there's no grinding when turning the key. but she's kept in the garage. it's bewildering why so many riders have tank lock failure. bikes kept in the elements? washing bike with a sprayer? i tend to avoid the sprayer and wipe the bike down by hand. water causes mischief when sprayed into tight places.
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You'll get "dissimilar metals" corrosion.

WD40 works PDG for ME....

This is the first I've heard of this, but evidently internet true...

https://agscompany.com/product/lock-...-aerosol-3-oz/

They say it prevents rust, but not corrosion. I guess technically not the same?

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Corrosion:- is nothing but it is a chemical reaction (most likely a oxidation process) in which wearing of metal takes place . Here the metal can be anything iron, copper etc . Rusting :-This is a part of corrosion in which Iron reacts with water or moist air to form iron oxides and thereby corrosion takes place .
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Corrosion:- is nothing but it is a chemical reaction (most likely a oxidation process) in which wearing of metal takes place . Here the metal can be anything iron, copper etc . Rusting :-This is a part of corrosion in which Iron reacts with water or moist air to form iron oxides and thereby corrosion takes place .
Lol, yeah. I get all that. I meant for their claims on the website.

Makes sense, I suppose. Graphite is an electrically conductive allot rope of carbon.

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