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Hi everyone,

I wonder do you have a smilar problem too.

I am inserting the key in the ignition and turning it to "on". Sometimes city light and tail light don't turn on. In such situations turning off and back on or just gently turning the key to the off side lights those lights. Problem seems to be about the ignition key but I don't know what to do. I apply contact cleaner (not the one with lube) when the frequency of the failure increases. It decreases the frequency but doesn't solve the problem completely.

And any advice?
 

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With ignition locks you can have a mechanical problem (key is stiff to turn) or an electrical problem. Based on what you say it sounds like an electrical problem, If the contact cleaner isn't doing the job you could try a LITTLE WD-40 or equivalent. Don't over do it a brief burst is plenty. If that doesn't work you may have to remove the ignition switch and take it to a locksmith. I have had to do that to my son's KLX250.
If the key is stiff you need to put some powdered graphite into the lock. Do not use WD-40 in this case. Same thing with fuel tank locks, powdered graphite not WD-40.
 

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The key is not stiff, it enters/exits the lock easily.

I used to use wd40 to the lock after washing the bike. The problem started after using wd40 couple times (or I noticed the problem, not sure)
 

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Yeah WD-40 is not the right thing for ignition switches it leaves an oily residue which will gum up the works. You may need to remove the switch and clean the contacts with contact cleaner or take it to a locksmith
 

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spray out with contact cleaner then shave some pencil lead in there and on your kay
 

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Be careful with any spray product, especially solvents, near the paint. Contact cleaner may damage paint. You may have to remove the ignition switch before cleaning it out.
 

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Be careful with any spray product, especially solvents, near the paint. Contact cleaner may damage paint. You may have to remove the ignition switch before cleaning it out.
just get some with the straw and shove it in the key hole
 

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just get some with the straw and shove it in the key hole
Silvie as I understand firts I spray the spray in the key hole and after that I put some dusted lead to the hole. Do I have to wait the spray to evaporate to put lead in? And how much amount of lead do I have to put in? After all do I have to clean the lead?
 

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Silvie as I understand firts I spray the spray in the key hole and after that I put some dusted lead to the hole. Do I have to wait the spray to evaporate to put lead in? And how much amount of lead do I have to put in? After all do I have to clean the lead?
spray cleaner wait maybe 30 min then coat your key with shavings work it in and out of the key hole a few times and repeat a few times and should be good for a few years :grin2: doesnt need a ton
 

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spray cleaner wait maybe 30 min then coat your key with shavings work it in and out of the key hole a few times and repeat a few times and should be good for a few years :grin2: doesnt need a ton
I saw a video, he was using coal dust or something to solve his sticky key problem and I thought this won't solve mine. I am gonna try it =)
 

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I saw a video, he was using coal dust or something to solve his sticky key problem and I thought this won't solve mine. I am gonna try it =)
graphite dust * and ya go for it
 

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Silvie, what is the main idea/logic of adding graphite in the lock do you have any idea? It is probably about conductivity but I am not sure how it will work.
take some between your fingers and rub them together, see how smooth they rub together? it also will not gum up over time like lubes do, its also conductive so it will not block the terminals internally
 

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take some between your fingers and rub them together, see how smooth they rub together? it also will not gum up over time like lubes do, its also conductive so it will not block the terminals internally
I did all you said. It may be soon to say the problem solved but for now it works well. I turned the ignition on/off for 10 15 times and the light worked well. Thanks Silvie :smile2:
 

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I did all you said. It may be soon to say the problem solved but for now it works well. I turned the ignition on/off for 10 15 times and the light worked well. Thanks Silvie :smile2:
no problem :)
 
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