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White Residue in gas cap keyhole

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Is anyone else experiencing a white residue inside the gas cap keyhole? If so, any solutions?

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Yes, it's a good idea to lube it once and a while with some WD40. Just a little bit into the lock cylinder. I have heard of them seizing.
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Do yourself a favor and use something better/longer lasting than WD. WD is a short term solution, and might wash out any grease in there making it worse in the long run.
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What would you suggest? That is, if I'm going to do myself a favour!
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LOL, I'm not a locksmith, always thought they called for graphite or something, but I was thinking of spray lithium grease maybe, or perhaps that Dupont Multi Use dry teflon wax everybody is raving about in the chain lube thread. I just picked up a can at the Home Depot and it says it's good for locks.


I've got padlocks on top of my van keeping my ladders hooked up. I've tried to use WD on the locks when they begin freezing up because I've always got a can or two handy, but it only works for a very short amount of time. I've had better luck with plain old oil for lubrication and corrosion protection.
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gun oil works great
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Used WD40 three weeks ago when my starting seizing. Been through rain storms and sand storms, and no problems so far. And yes, a little WD40 does go a long way...
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i thought of wd40 because it is petroleum based, worried about any other products running down and mixing with the gas, it's such a small amount i guess it doesn't matter as long as you occasionally lube it with something!
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I make a habit to squirt a lil WD40 in all locks, cables, switch-housings, etc after every wash...
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I use fishing reel grease. Water resistant, has graphite, lasts a long time. Added this to my oil change checklist.

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Dupont Teflon Dry Wax Lubricant

The dry teflon stuff is safest.
WD40 is too short-term.
Other oils will eventually harden and will often attract and trap grit making things worse.
Low Temp Gun Oil will work well but doesn't last long once it gets wet. Graphite oils work well for short-term, but graphite eventually absorbs water and goes from a lubricant to an abrasive!
I have worked with some amazing Tribologists and Molydisufide or dry teflon are their 2 recommendations for reliable open-air lube. With the water exposure the best results is with the Teflon Dry Wax lube. Not just for locks, but kickstand and chain too!

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