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Lubricate locks on your car

How to lubricate locks on your car

Avoid all petroleum and silicone lubricants

They work great to free up sticky lock cylinders. But they cause more damage later on because they attract dust and dirt. Dust and dirt inside the lock cylinder eventually causes more wear and can actually make the lock sticky and harder to operate.

lubricants to avoid

Graphite lubricant for locks or dry Teflon lube for locks are your best choice

Graphite lock lubricant is powdered graphite with no oil added. graphite lubrication for locksSimply squeeze a few puffs into the lock cylinder. Then insert the key in and out several times before rotating the lock. That will spread the dry graphite powder throughout the lock.

Avoid this mistake when using graphite lubrication for locks

More is not better! Many people pump multiple puffs of graphite into the lock, packing it with dry powder to the point where the graphite jams up the moving lock parts. Don’t overdo it with the graphite, Puff in just enough to get the lock moving freely.

Dry Teflon lube spray is also a good choice for lubricating locks

Dry Teflon lube spray is a combination of Teflon power in a solvent base. dry teflon lube for locksIt settles to the bottom of the spray can so you must shake it well before using it. Spray it directly into the key way and then insert your key and rotate it several time. The solvent will evaporate, leaving a thin film of white Teflon powder throughout the lock cylinder.

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