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Old 06-17-2013, 06:35 AM
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Exterior locks dont unlock with key

I guess my outdoor locks dont work on either side of my OBS. And i found out the hard way is this a common problem and a linkage just falls out because it feels like it wants to unlock but just wont or is the lock itself broke?
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Pat,

I live on a gravel road and the locks got so gunked up they would not work like yours are. I have a cheap harbor freight ultrasonic cleaner and two trips trough it with hot Simple Green and they work fine now. Don't use an oil that stays around as it will attract more dust. Some people suggest Graphite, However the Military had us quit using it because it would gall up the metal.
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Well its not like its gunked up or anything. You can put the key in and turn it just like normal the lock just doesnt engage anything, the little part that pops up doesnt even budge when i do it so im thinking the linkage from the lock cylinder to the actual door lock is broke or something so as soon as i can get it open ill pull the door panel and look inside
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On the back inside of the door there is a zinc colored clip that hold the lock in, popit out and see it the link is still attached the metal spring clip that holds the rod in place may have failed.
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Thanks man ill check that out tonight
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Not 100% sure but I thought OBS had little plastic clips that hold the linkages together and they get brittle and crack. Either way, your pulling the inner door panels.
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Not 100% sure but I thought OBS had little plastic clips that hold the linkages together and they get brittle and crack. Either way, your pulling the inner door panels.
Your exactly right i pulled the door panels last night and found the little plastic piece that wraps around the lock and pulls the actuator up and down when you turn the key, Then i pulled the lock out and super glued the pi$$ out of it(making sure not to get it in the lock itself obviously) then let it dry then coated it in clear silicone glue just for that added hold. Now they work great and no getting locked out
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