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Old 04-15-2020, 01:14 PM #1
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Manual Door Lock completely seized, tried the usual stuff

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It was a bad winter. Even had a few days where it was -50c (-56F!!) Locks were frozen, battery almost completely died. Sometimes I wonder why I live where the air hurts my face

Anyway, I've discovered that I can't get into my 4runner using the actual key. The fob works, but I don't want to rely solely on that for emergency purposes. I've tried penetrating oils, WD-40, you name it. No luck. Driver's side lock the key goes in but won't turn. On the passenger side door lock the key will only go halfway in. I tried the stuff mentioned in another thread I found.

I'm in the process of removing the lock cylinder from one of the doors and cleaning it up. Maybe I should give it a nice bath in some penetrating oil? Anyone have a favorite lube they like to use? (no pun intended)
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Maybe preheat it somewhat with a hot air gun or air dryer to help encourage the lube to flow in?

My personal favorite is Kroil but you may not be able to get it there.
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I squirt Tri Flow into my locks several times a year. No info on how it works at sub-zero temps, tho...sorry.
Once you get the locks out, I'd recommend flushing them with solvent (spray like Brake Kleen, Lectra Motive, etc or immerse it in a jar of solvent like paint thinner, naptha, etc. THEN lube it with a light oil suitable for winter.
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I use spray (dry) graphite. Coat a key first then work it. Maybe
a cleaning first, depends on the lock. All bets off if it's still
stuck, though.
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