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The Yale lock on my Front door in becoming increasingly difficult to open with the right key. I'm worrie dthat one day soon I wont beable to open it at all. What is wrong with the lock? Could I use something like WD40 to oil the components of the lock? Is the problem with the key and if so should I get a new key?

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Yes I would useWD-40 to spray in lock. Insert key part way in lock and spray a small amount on key and into lockset if tou can, If you can fit spray nozzle into keyhole ,and spray liberally. You can also use dry graphite to lube lock mechanism. I would check to make sure that your keys aren't bent or worn to the point that I hope this helps you. Thanks they can't engage all tumblers inside lockset. I would also make sure that latch on lock is lining up with strike plate in door frame. One easy way to do this is to use a felt tip marker to cover strike plate on door frame and open and close door several times. Where ink from marker is rubbed off will show you where latch is contacting strike plate. If it is out of aligmment this will make it harder to open or lock with key. If necessary adjust strike plate for better fit. I hope this helps you. Thanks

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  • gtc36 Jun 02, 2011

    I would try spraying WD-40 provided that you're not living in a hot area. If it's too hot, the WD-40 can evaporate quickly and it will leave behind a sticky residue that will glue the pins together.

    Personally, I would just change the locks. Who knows? Someone might be fooling around with your lock and messed up the inside mechanisms. Maybe someone's trying to break in? It's certainly a possibility with all the news about lock bumping going around.



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