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Nov 10

Posts: 13

Grendel1 says:

Stiff Ignition Barrel

No it's not a metaphor, I'm having a small problem with the cold weather and my Fazer. Any suggestions to remedy the freezing ignition, there's no visible ice but the key is slowly starting to buckle under the stress, recommended market products or personal pointers are all welcome.:blink:

Best regards, much obliged

Grendel 1

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May 08

Posts: 49

suzukiandy says:

Stiff Ignition Barrel


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Feb 08

Posts: 6513

StealthSV says:

Bit of both....

WD to loosen it up then vaseline to keep it that way...  :biggrin:

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Jul 08

Posts: 4337

ninjachica says:

WD40 & a lighter

Don't use both at the same time :shock:

WD40 for the ignition barrel.

Lighter to warm up the key before inserting it into the barrel. (And melt any frost/ice)  :sunglasses:

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Oct 10

Posts: 809

IMB76 says:

WD40 then spray chain grease


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Oct 10

Posts: 809

IMB76 says:


Fair enough I've done it once and got away with it I must have just been lucky it was the only thing I had knocking around at the time:smile 

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Aug 02

Posts: 1274

foxman says:


In the lock when you park up and a squirt on the key before you leave in the morning is what I found worked for me :smile

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Mar 09

Posts: 8820

jaffa90 says:

stiff switch

I don`t recommend using any spray into the keyhole with the battery connected,if you do spray into the keyhole make sure it`s blown or shaken out before reconnecting the battery.I suggest as Mike says with the vaseline but really you should use a dielectric grease which is NON-CONDUCTIVE like silicon grease.Do not use conductive grease like copper/silver etc.

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Nov 07

Posts: 2411

smidget says:

Ignition switch

DO NOT grease the key / barrel, you will be causing yourself problems, any fluff or grit will clog the barrel mechanism.

The key barrel and the electrical portion of the switch gear are not directly interconnected.
If the lock is stiffening due to water ingress then give it a quick blast of air to expel the water then a small amount of water dispersant to the key to assist operation.
If possible find a rubber cup to fit the top of the lock, cut a small slit into it so that the key can pass through it, this will assist in the prevention of water ingress to the key barrel.
Having said all this it will also depend on the age and usage of the lock, it may just be old and knackered.

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Jul 09

Posts: 1351

davemdixon says:

Gaffer tape

over the lock when I park outdoors (one piece lasts a couple of weeks). Squirt WD-40 in your lock once a year.

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Sep 10

Posts: 2240



gt85 has PTFE in it. good stuff. keep yourself well greased

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