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Old 10-06-2011, 08:17 AM   #1
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Storage compartment key problems

I can't lock any of my storage bins..... I have the 715 key which I understand is standard and came with my 2008 used Class C. I can't get it to work in ANY lock. I've used a tube of graphite and still can't get the key in all the way to lock. I've tried it with the teeth up and down if you know what I mean I took the inside plate off and pulled the locking unit out but I see no way to access the inside of the key lock. I guess I need to keep being persistent. It would help to know which way the key is suppose to go in the key hole. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I really need to be able to lock at least a few of these bins.....
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:27 AM   #2
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I had the same issue and replaced them with a combination cabinet lock and they work great. no more key needed for them. I could not replace the one on my outdoor shower as it has less room.
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:01 AM   #3
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Is it a 715 or a 751? The 751 is the standard key. As for which way - I still have problems remembering but it does have a very different feel if it goes in the wrong way so I know quickly.

They are pretty cheap if you have to replace them, you just need to measure the width of the door to make sure you get the right size.
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To determine which way to put it in, just look where the grooves are on the side of the key and match them up to the little teeth or ridges in the keyhole that fit into the grooves on the keys. If you have eyes like mine, you might need a magnifying glass and/or reeeeally good light.

Alternately, if you can see into the lock's keyhole, you should be able to see tiny bits of metal (usually brass) hanging down a little bit into the keyway. That is the side where the notched side of the key goes.
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Sometimes the latch on the inside is bent a little too much causing the lock to be very tight. Graphite will not cure this, only slightly bending the latch will. I broke a key off on my front storage compartment from this problem and had to crawl in from the other side door to loosen the lock from the inside, but I have a fairly large compartment so it was not bad. I ordered a few 751 replacement keys on Ebay for a few bucks.
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Sometimes the latch on the inside is bent a little too much causing the lock to be very tight. Graphite will not cure this, only slightly bending the latch will. I broke a key off on my front storage compartment from this problem and had to crawl in from the other side door to loosen the lock from the inside, but I have a fairly large compartment so it was not bad. I ordered a few 751 replacement keys on Ebay for a few bucks.
Crabman is absolutely correct. I have one latch that will not turn with the key unless I push in on the door. I think I may bend, er... form the arm of the latch (IBM taught me that you never bend anything. You form it!).
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I adjusted the latch lever slightly and it now opens and closes without having to push in on the door. I left it snug enough to seal good.

Thanks jtc for bringing this up.
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To determine which way to put it in, just look where the grooves are on the side of the key and match them up to the little teeth or ridges in the keyhole that fit into the grooves on the keys. If you have eyes like mine, you might need a magnifying glass and/or reeeeally good light.

Alternately, if you can see into the lock's keyhole, you should be able to see tiny bits of metal (usually brass) hanging down a little bit into the keyway. That is the side where the notched side of the key goes.
The problem on those little 751 locks is they have the little spring door on them and the groves are buried way back in there. You are right about the magnifying glass and light!
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To determine which way to put it in, just look where the grooves are on the side of the key and match them up to the little teeth or ridges in the keyhole that fit into the grooves on the keys. If you have eyes like mine, you might need a magnifying glass and/or reeeeally good light.

Alternately, if you can see into the lock's keyhole, you should be able to see tiny bits of metal (usually brass) hanging down a little bit into the keyway. That is the side where the notched side of the key goes.
I did what you said and found the copper parts to be up so I tried again to insert the key that way. The key will just not go in. Some of the responces said if the door is to tight, etc. it won't turn. I can't even get the dang key in the hole more than 1/2 way. The doors latch and unlatch just fine. Thanks for your help! I'll keep trying.
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:05 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the comments. My problem is not getting the latches to work.... They work just fine opening and closing. I can't get the dang key in more than 1/3 to 1/2 way. It just won't go. I see that the copper inside parts are to the upside so tried the key again with more graphite that way with no results.

Signed frustrated female!
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