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Old 12-22-2015, 02:15 PM   #1
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Storage door lock upgrade?

The locks on the storage doors are atrocious. I literally have to shove the key in with the palm of my hand once i get it positioned, and I have to shove HARD. All that just to get the key in the lock. Once it's in, it works fine, though.

Eventually I'm pretty sure the key will just break.

What is the solution for this? Are there upgraded locks I can buy? Or is there some way to fix the existing locks so the key can go in smoothly?

I can spray some oil/cleaner in there (like CLP) and see if that helps?

Anyone have the magic solution?
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:19 PM   #2
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Try WD-40, spray it into the lock's key opening and then try sliding the key in and out a few times.
I've done this with success to make key insertion smoother.
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:19 PM   #3
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If it is the unit in your signature, I would first make a warranty claim!
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:26 PM   #4
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Try WD-40, spray it into the lock's key opening and then try sliding the key in and out a few times.
I've done this with success to make key insertion smoother.
X2 I have had good luck doing this also.
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:27 PM   #5
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Try WD-40, spray it into the lock's key opening and then try sliding the key in and out a few times.
I've done this with success to make key insertion smoother.
X2 Did this the day I got our unit home as the locker were so stiff. Sprayed the latch mechanisms too and everything is working like a charm.
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Old 12-22-2015, 03:01 PM   #6
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Better than WD-40 in this situation.


A product called Lock-ease. Amazon.com: AGS LE5 Lock Ease: Automotive


It has a penetrant and leaves powdered graphite behind. Been using it since 1980.
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For all our storage lockers, we did the combo locks from Amazon - 2 different sizes (deeper one for outdoor kitchen). I love them, you don't need the keys AND you know someone else isn't helping themselves to your stuff by using the universal 751 key! Took DH less than 15 minutes per storage door to install. I know we did a post on this somewhere else in this forum, in the event you do a search. http://smile.amazon.com/Combi-Cam-78...QPGJHGJ12119NJ
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For all our storage lockers, we did the combo locks from Amazon - 2 different sizes (deeper one for outdoor kitchen). I love them, you don't need the keys AND you know someone else isn't helping themselves to your stuff by using the universal 751 key! Took DH less than 15 minutes per storage door to install. I know we did a post on this somewhere else in this forum, in the event you do a search. http://smile.amazon.com/Combi-Cam-78...QPGJHGJ12119NJ
I thought about those for my trailer too. But then I thought, what do I do in the dark? Better than half the time, I'm getting into those lockers in the dark, and there's no way I would be able to dial in a code. Sometimes I have a flashlight on me, but more often than not, I don't.

I agree the locks should be changed to get away from the standard key though.

I put a drop of 3-in-1 oil in all my locks when we first brought the trailer home more than 2 years ago, and haven't messed with them since.
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The latch arm can also be too tight and may need to be bent slightly if the key is turning real hard and lubricant dose not do the trick. This happened on one of mine and I actually rung off a key in the lock.
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Better than WD-40 in this situation.


A product called Lock-ease. Amazon.com: AGS LE5 Lock Ease: Automotive


It has a penetrant and leaves powdered graphite behind. Been using it since 1980.
X2 on that recommendation. WD40 dries out after a short time. I've also used good old fashioned silicone spray inside locks.
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