How to keep your bike lock from getting stuck (2023)

There is nothing worse than a stuck bike lock. Well there is. There are many things! But when you're struggling with a stuck key or tugging at a frozen shackle, it's probably hard to think of both.

Especially when it rains.

Your bike lock should protect you. And now he's trying to prank you. It's like being stabbed in the back by a good friend!

But the good news is that with the right tools and a little patience, fixing a stuck bike lock is often easy. And there are also some things we can do to prevent it from happening again.

So here's a simple 2-step process that will fix most stuck or jammed bike locks. And below that, I have 3 top tips to avoid stuck bike locks in the future!

Table of Contents

1. Find out which part of the bike lock is stuck

2. Attack the stuck area with WD-40!

If the keyhole of the bicycle lock is stuck

misaligned cylinder discs

Armed keyholes

Keys are in keyholes

frosted keyholes

When the bike lock body is stuck

What to do if your Kryptonite, OnGuard or Abus bike lock is stuck?

Kryptonite locks

OnGuard locks

Misuse of padlocks

This is how you prevent your bike lock from getting stuck again

1. Clean and lubricate your bike lock regularly

(Video) How to fix a u-lock that is stuck or jammed

How to treat the bike lock keyhole

How to treat the bicycle lock body

2. Do not turn the key until it is fully inserted!

3. Buy a good quality bike lock

Summary on repairing a stuck bike lock!

1. Find out which part of the bike lock is stuck

Bike locks tend to get stuck in two places:

  1. in the keyhole so you can't turn the key
  2. in the body so you cannot separate the two parts of the lock.

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Bike locks tend to get stuck in 2 places

How can you determine where the problem lies? It's easy...

If the key doesn't fit all the way into the lock or doesn't turn properly, the problem is obviously in the keyhole!

But if the key slides in easily and spins freely, but the bike lock still won't open, then the problem is probably where the two parts of the lock meet.

A stuck keyhole can be caused by dirt and debris, frozen water, rust, or simply misaligned washers.

On the other hand, if the bike lock won't come loose, then corrosion build-up has usually fused the shackle or bar to the inside of the lock.

Once we know what the problem is, we can start fixing it...

2. Attack the stuck area with WD-40!

WD-40 can be a miracle cure for all kinds of stuck locks. It removes dirt and debris, removes rust, loosens the mechanism and loosens corrosion that has melted the shackle or bar together.

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Whatever is causing your bike lock to stick, WD-40 should be your primary tool to fix it!

Often a squirt or two on the problem area is enough to get the job done. But let's take a closer look at specific issues...

If the keyhole of the bicycle lock is stuck

misaligned cylinder discs

This is probably the most common cause of stuck bike locks. And luckily (usually) it's pretty easy to fix.

The most obvious sign of this problem is that the key does not fully fit in the keyhole. But to fix that, we must first understand why it's happening...

A bicycle's locking mechanism contains several rotating disks, one above the other. To lock and unlock the bicycle lock,atof the disks must be rotated simultaneously in the same direction.

Take a look at your bike lock keyhole and you should be able to see what I'm talking about!

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If these discs are misaligned, the bike lock cannot be locked or unlocked.

Turning the discs is the job of the key. And to do this, the key must be insertedatthe way to the keyhole so that it goes through the holes (and hooks).atthe disks

If the key doesn't fit completely into the keyhole, you won't be able to turn all the discs and lock (or unlock) the bike lock.

Problems start when the holes in the bottom washers don't line up with the holes in the top washers as this will prevent the key from being fully inserted.

So to fix this problem, all we have to do is realign the disks!

As with most keyhole problems, dirt, grime, and rust aggravate the situation by making the disks stickier and more difficult to turn.

So task one is to fluff them up with some WD-40! Hold the lock with the keyhole facing the ground and spray WD-40 into the hole. This should remove road debris and allow it to drain out of the locking mechanism.

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Spray WD-40 liberally into the keyhole

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Then turn the bike lock so that the hole is facing up and insert the key. Twist the key back and forth and try to gently push it further into the locking mechanism while the discs realign.

Once the key is fully seated in the locking mechanism, it must turn freely and fully for the lock to open. This may take a little while, but usually works over time.

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It may be easier to realign the drives with a small flat head screwdriver.

If you're having trouble realigning the washers with the wrench, try a small flathead screwdriver. It's usually thinner than the key, giving you more control. Extra WD-40 helps too!

Armed keyholes

If the key goes all the way in but won't turn, the locking mechanism may be full of dirt and debris. Or maybe it has started to corrode. So...

Apply some more WD-40 the same way as above! Insert the key, turn it, then remove it between spritzes of WD-40. If it doesn't work right away, try again. And again. Usually this will work eventually.

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More WD-40!

Whatever you do, don't lose your temper and try to force it. Then the key breaks in the bike lock!

Keys are in keyholes

If your key is stuck in the keyhole and you can't get it out, then the solution is the same as above: lots of WD-40 in betweensofttries to turn the key back and forth.

Spraying a dose of WD-40 into the hole and then letting it sit for 5-10 minutes can do wonders.

As above: It is important that you do not lose your temper and try to force the key. Then the key will break and your problems will be much worse!

frosted keyholes

Of course, if you think your bike lock is stuck because water has frozen in the lock mechanism, you need to melt the water before it unlocks...

Sometimes it is enough to breathe through the keyhole. If not, you can try heating the key with a lighter or match and then gently pushing it into the locking mechanism. You may have to do this multiple times.

Of course, if that doesn't work and you get the bike lock in, that will eventually melt the ice.

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But spraying the locking mechanism with car windshield deicer might get faster results. Or I've heard of people using antiseptic handwash too!

Whichever method you use, make sure the lock hole is completely dry before using it outdoors again or it will freeze again.

When the bike lock body is stuck

If the key goes all the way in and turns smoothly but the bike lock still won't open, corrosion has likely fused the two parts of the lock together.

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Spray WD-40 liberally into the pivots where the shackle meets the bar

In this case, try spraying a lot of WD-40 into the joint. You'll probably have to let it sit for a while for the WD-40 to work its magic. If possible, soak the bike lock in WD-40 overnight!

The WD-40 should dissolve much of the corrosion, allowing you to separate the two parts of the bike lock.

But if it's still stuck, you can also get it to smack your palm hard on the shackle or bar (or tap it lightly with a hammer) in the direction you want the lock picked.

It is advisable to cover the bicycle lock with a towel beforehand so that the hammer does not damage the housing!

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It may be helpful to "tap" the temple or body with a hammer.

What to do if your Kryptonite, OnGuard or Abus bike lock is stuck?

Well the truth is that the basic principles are the same for all bike locks. But there's a big difference in the way the three companies tackle the problem of stuck locks!

Kryptonite locks

Kryptonite has an excellent reputation for customer service and it really shows in the way they deal with stuck bike locks. For starters, there is a lot of useful information on their website...

For example, if you cannot lock your padlock,they suggestMake sure the "rib" (the silver metal feature on the temple that hooks into the frame mount) has not slipped into the nose of the temple.

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The slot can slide down and prevent the hanger from getting caught on the crossbar.

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In this case, the shackle may be prevented from being fully inserted into the crossbar, causing the U-lock to not lock! Positioning the tab higher on the shackle and tightening the screw that holds it in place should quickly fix it.

And if your key breaks in a Kryptonite lock, you can have the key removed by a locksmith, send the lock, key, key number and locksmith bill to Kryptonite andThey will refund your bill and send you a new lock!

However, in general, follow the same 2 steps to fix a stuck Kryptonite bike lock as you would any other bike lock.

OnGuard locks

You won't get customer service like this from OnGuard! And like many of the cheaper lock brands, I find that their mechanisms need a little more maintenance to keep them looking good.

So while the steps to repairing a stuck OnGuard lock are the same, once it's repaired, I recommend cleaning and lubricating your OnGuard lock more frequently than other locks to prevent further problems.

Misuse of padlocks

Likewise, the abuses aren't particularly helpful when it comes to pinching their bike locks. However, Abus locks are so well made that they have fewer problems to begin with.

For example, in my experience, it's much more difficult to accidentally misalign the washers on an Abus lock!

If you're having trouble, try the same 2 steps I recommend for other bike locks. And once you get it working, remember that Abus recommends making your ownPS 88 fuse spray [Amazon]to keep your locks in good condition.

This is how you prevent your bike lock from getting stuck again

Once you've unlocked your bike, you'll want to avoid all that frustration and stress in the future!

And thankfully, there are several things you can do to seriously reduce the chances of your bike lock getting stuck again...

1. Clean and lubricate your bike lock regularly

This is by far the most important thing you can do. And I can guarantee most of us don't do it enough. In fact, I'm guessing most people have never cleaned or lubricated their bike lock.

But we should. A good cleaning and lubrication from time to time never hurt anyone! So try to find time for this process at least every 6 months.

And so that you don't have any more problems, be sure to treat both locking mechanismsjthe body where the two parts meet.

How to treat the bike lock keyhole

Clean the locking mechanism withWD-40 [Amazonas]. Turn the lock so the keyhole is facing up, then spray the WD-40 into the cylinder until it comes out.

Then turn it so the keyhole is facing down and the WD-40 will spill out. This should displace water, dirt, grease, scale and rust.

For really dirty bike locks, you may have to repeat this several times. Inserting, turning and gently removing the key between sprays will remove dirt.

Once the lock is clean you should do itforeversmear it. But never use WD-40 for that...

WD-40 is a cleaning agent that displaces water and ultimately removes any existing lubricant. It is ideal for cleaning a bicycle lock. And it's great for releasing a stuck bike lock. But will benoensure long-term lubrication.

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Instead, use a suitable Teflon-based lubricant such asFinish Line [Amazon]ÖTriFlow [Amazon].

These work well at low temperatures and repel moisture to reduce the risk of corrosion and freezing. Put a few drops on the locking mechanism and dose by inserting and turning the key.

Some people recommend graphite-based lubes for bike locks. These are good for dry environments. But bike locks are invariably exposed to moisture, which tends to turn the graphite into a goo that collects dirt and then jams the locking mechanism.

Then use WD-40 for cleaning and TriFlow or Finish Line for lubrication. Use these regularly and you'll have far fewer problems with stiff, unresponsive locking mechanisms and your bike locks will last much, much longer.

How to treat the bicycle lock body

You shouldn't have to clean the body of the bike lock too often. Periodically clean the shackle ends and lock holes with a rag.

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Clean and grease all connection points of the two parts.

However, it is important that the points where the shackle meets the body are lubricated and free from corrosion. Especially in cold or humid climates. This will prevent the hanger from sticking to the body.

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Aerosol = Wenig

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paste = good

White Lithium Grease [Amazon]intakeThe shape is good for this because it's thick, doesn't run, and lasts a long time. Apply to both ends of the rod and the holes in the body as needed.

2. Do not turn the key until it is fully inserted!

All bike locks will bind if you try to turn the key before it is fully seated in the keyhole. As I mentioned earlier, most bike lock mechanisms contain a series of discs, all of which must be rotated fully before the lock will open.

If you try to turn the key before it is fully inserted, you will not catch the discs on the bottom of the cylinder, preventing them from turning and opening the bike lock.

Once this is done the washers are misaligned and you will not be able to fully insert the key and open the bike lock until you realign them (see above).

3. Buy a good quality bike lock

Cheap locks are false economy. Or your bike gets stolen because it offers such poor protection. Or your bike lock starts to stick because it's not properly waterproof and rust starts to clog the locking mechanism or weld the shackle.

Either way, sooner or later you will have to buy a new bike lock!

Instead, get it right the first time. Invest in one as much as possibleGood quality bike lockand it should last for many years.

With that in mind, the best locks are made by Abus, Kryptonite, and OnGuard. I have writtenmuch more about each of these brands, but if you are looking for the best quality, choose Abus.

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Abus are a particularly good option if you live in a place with a harsh climate. Its locks are subjected to a whole series of tests at temperatures as low as -40 degrees.

And to study its corrosion resistance, they also use a saline air chamber that ages every bike lock inside for a year for every day. No other manufacturer tests its locks so rigorously.

You should also buy a bike lock with a key cover. Key covers can prevent dirt and debris from entering and clogging the mechanism. But be careful as they can also trap water which can then freeze and then block the lock!

Summary on repairing a stuck bike lock!

Many of the problems we have with stuck bike locks are avoidable. Buying a good quality bike lock, cleaning and lubricating it regularly, and making sure the key is fully inserted before turning will avoid most problems.

And you will be much happier.

However, modern bike locks are complex and precise instruments and sometimes they just get stuck!

The key here is to remain calm and be patient. ManyWD-40 [Amazonas]and a light banter in a warm environment usually suffices in the end!

If not, and the problem lies with the key, read up on my adviceHow to open a bike lock without a key.

But if you just can't open it, you probably need a new bike lock. If so, check out the 3 simple steps that will ensure youChoose the best lock for you and your bike.

But what do you think? Do you have any tips to prevent locks from getting stuck or to loosen a stuck lock? let me know below...

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FAQs

How do I stop my bike lock from sticking? ›

WD-40 is your best friend when it comes to jammed bike locks that won't release. WD-40 will help remove unwanted debris from inside and can rid your lock from rust and corrosion. Always remember to relubricate with a Teflon/PTFE based lubricant after applying WD-40!

Why is my bike lock stuck? ›

The lock may be corroded inside which has jammed it. You might try spraying a little WD-40 or similar product into the lock and see if this frees it up. If something has broken in the lock, then you'll have to cut the cable using bolt cutters.

How do you stop a lock from sticking? ›

Use a penetrating oil, linseed oil, or sewing machine oil as a lubricant. Use petroleum-based lubricants like motor oil or WD-40. Use sharp tools to try to pick the lock. Use a hammer or mallet in an attempt to fix the lock.

Why does my lock keep getting stuck? ›

Debris is a major cause of jammed locks. Keep dust and dirt away from the keyhole and entire lock mechanism by using a dry lubricant instead of an oil-based one. Teflon or graphite lubricants are great options.

How do I secure my bike at school? ›

Lock your bike to a bike rack, or to something that cannot be cut, lifted or removed. Lock your bike in a well-lit area with high foot traffic and good visibility.

Do bike locks work even? ›

Yes, it really is that important. Other than providing security, bike locks act as theft deterrents. When given the option to steal one of two identical bikes, thieves will always go after the unlocked one.

Is it OK to hang a bike by the wheel? ›

Unless something very extreme happens, all wheels including road bike wheels, are designed to cope with huge loads. Hanging a bike up by its wheel is no problem at all. The wheel is designed to take loads far in excess of the weight of the bike.

What is a jammed lock? ›

Locks, Keys & Locks, Residential Locksmith. Sometimes you end up with a jammed lock or a stuck lock that means you can't get into a room, your house, or your car properly. You can't have a door misaligned from the deadbolt or loose setscrews without ending up with a door jam.

How do you release a bike lock? ›

A pair of wire cutters or a pair of bolt croppers/cutters should do the trick. This is one of the safest and easiest ways to remove a bike lock without keys. Using an angle grinder, you'll be able to cut through almost any bike lock, apart from these.

Is there a bike lock that Cannot be cut? ›

Is There a Bike Lock That Can't Be Cut? The Altor SAF, LITELOK X1 and the Hiplok D1000 are the three most uncuttable bike locks on the market. All of these locks employ anti-grinder and anti-cut features that give them power tool-defeating capabilities.

What is the easiest trick on a bike? ›

  1. The Slide. Sliding can be the most basic yet really fun bike trick you can show off. ...
  2. The Trackstand. Trackstand is one of the basic yet fantastic bike tricks you can learn in general, even if you don't ride trials and are just a beginner. ...
  3. The Wheelie. ...
  4. The Bump Jump. ...
  5. The Endo. ...
  6. The Bunny Hop. ...
  7. The J-Hop. ...
  8. The Manual.

What is the best lock to secure your bike? ›

Best U-locks

A U-lock, also known as a D-lock in certain countries, is the easiest high security option to live with in a perfect world. That means if you have a bike with thin tubes, and something easy to lock to, they provide a high level of security for the price and are the easiest to transport.

Can you use Vaseline to lubricate a lock? ›

Got an older lock that's not working as well as it used to? Try applying a thin later of Vaseline and inserting it into the lock to lubricate the tumbler. This remedy is similar to the one involving mayonnaise. Just apply a layer of petroleum jelly overnight and wipe off.

Can you spray a lock with WD-40? ›

Do not use WD-40, WD-40 is a solvent, not a lubricant and will, in fact, remove any type of lubricant that is in the cylinder. Use a lubricant that has a silicone, graphite or Teflon base only. Make sure the lock cylinder is facing up and spray or pour the lubricant into the cylinder.

What kind of lubricant do you use for a lock? ›

Teflon-based dry lubricant is preferred by some locksmiths over other options, like graphite or WD-40. It's ideal because, besides lubricating your lock, it repels water and dust. That means that once you fix a lock with this type of lubricant, you can expect the lock to be in good shape for a long time.

Is it okay to bike to school? ›

Bike riding is also a great way to get to and from school, when children are ready. Remember kids need to learn to be safe pedestrians before they can be safe bicyclists.

Is it good to cycle to school? ›

Cycling Encourages Independence

Cycling to school will give your child a sense of independence as even though you might be cycling behind them, they are still taking themselves to school. This will help increase their confidence which will help in the school environment.

Do locked bikes get stolen? ›

If you use a proper lock, and follow proper locking techniques, it is unlikely you will ever lose your bike to a thief. There are simply too many other unlocked or poorly locked bikes out there for a thief to waste time trying to steal your well-locked bike.

Can U locks be cut? ›

Hacksaws

And just like the cable cutters, it will tear through a cable lock very easily. With enough time, a hacksaw will also cut through low quality u-locks and chains which tend to be made from thin, soft metal.

What is the punishment for bike theft? ›

India Code: Section Details. Whoever commits theft shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both. 379A.

Do Japanese lock their bikes? ›

While crime in Japan is on the rise, many people still don't lock their bikes up. For the most part this is just fine. Most people, however, lock their bikes using these little locks that are built into the wheel. All they do is make it so someone can't roll the rear tire.

Should feet touch floor on a bike? ›

The height of your saddle is important for the most comfortable position and safe riding style. When you sit on the saddle, both feet should reach the floor and the balls of your feet should be touching the ground.

Is it OK to store a bike upside down? ›

In a manual for its hydraulic disc brakes it says: “The disc brake is not designed to work when the bicycle is upside down. If the bicycle is turned upside down or on its side, the brake may not work correctly, and a serious accident could occur.

Is it better to store a bike upside down? ›

It's not a great idea to hang those bikes upside down because it can allow air into the caliper, or at least into the hose. It's not that the reservoir drains, but rather that air floats to the top.

How do you force a lock open? ›

The simplest way to do this is to insert two fingers into the shackle loop and use them to force the shackle away from the top of the lock. This will put the locking pins inside the lock into the right position for a quick crack-job. Make sure you've eliminated all excess slack from the shackle.

How do you pick a lock? ›

The easiest way to pick a lock is to use the fast and dirty method: scrubbing.
  1. Insert Tension Wrench into the Bottom of Key Hole and Apply Slight Pressure. ...
  2. Insert Pick at Top of Lock. ...
  3. While Applying Slight Torque to Your Wrench, Scrub Your Pick Back and Forth in the Key Hole. ...
  4. Repeat Until All the Pins Set.
13 Sept 2020

How do you open a jammed lock? ›

Ideas on how to open jammed lock:
  1. 1) Apply pressure on the door. You must apply force to the door while playing with the key on several ancient doors because the damaged door bends the latch at an unusual position. ...
  2. 2) Apply lubricant to the lock. ...
  3. 3) Turn the key opposite ways. ...
  4. 4) Use debit cards.
24 Mar 2022

What type of lock Cannot be cut? ›

Shackleless Padlocks

Contrary to the name, these actually do have a shackle, but the steel body completely encases it. No part of it is exposed, making it impossible to tamper with or cut the shackle.

Will bolt cutters cut through a bike lock? ›

Bolt cutters will easily cut through cable locks, but it's worth using a cable extension to deter chancers! What is this? So if you want your bike lock to put up a fight against bolt cutters, get one made with hardened steel, and get the thickest possible option.

What is a cash roll bike trick? ›

Cash Roll. This trick, made famous on mountain bikes by Nicolai Rogatkin, is almost as hard to grasp as it is to explain, but basically it is doing a 180 to backflip to 180.

Is bike easy to steal? ›

That sounds scary! Motorcycles are easy targets as they have exposed locks and wirings. Thieves use simple techniques to break the lock and then bypass the ignition to start the motorcycle.

Why is bike theft so common? ›

It's so easy to get away with it

One major contributing factor to the increase in bike theft is that it's just so easy for criminals to get away with it. A bicycle's very nature makes it an easy target for theft: they are lightweight and simple to disassemble, making them easy to transport.

What tool can cut a lock? ›

Bolt cutters are the common tool of choice for to cut padlocks during forcible-entry.

Can a Kryptonite lock be cut? ›

As others have already said, they can be cut within 20–30 seconds. It depends upon where you have the bike locked, whether bystanders will care or get involved.

Is it OK to put WD-40 in a lock? ›

Should I use WD40 to lubricate door locks? The simple answer is you should not use WD40 to lubricate locks. WD-40 is one of the solvent-based lubricants and does not contain any lubricant and over time can make your lock even stickier by gumming the lock up.

What is the best lubricant for a lock? ›

The best type of lubrication for a lock is a dry lube—such as Teflon (PTFE) or graphite. These types of lubricants repel dust and dirt and keep your lock from building up a gunky and sticky mess.

Is it OK to spray WD-40 in a lock? ›

Do not use WD-40, WD-40 is a solvent, not a lubricant and will, in fact, remove any type of lubricant that is in the cylinder. Use a lubricant that has a silicone, graphite or Teflon base only. Make sure the lock cylinder is facing up and spray or pour the lubricant into the cylinder.

Is Vaseline good for locks? ›

Got an older lock that's not working as well as it used to? Try applying a thin later of Vaseline and inserting it into the lock to lubricate the tumbler. This remedy is similar to the one involving mayonnaise. Just apply a layer of petroleum jelly overnight and wipe off.

Can you use Vaseline on locks? ›

Similar to WD-40, Vaseline (aka petroleum jelly) blocks moisture from getting into your lock. To apply this method, smear some Vaseline onto your key and then insert it into the lock. From here, shake it around as much as you can, with the aim of coating as much of the inside mechanism as you can.

Can you use olive oil to lubricate a lock? ›

If you are in a rush and need to remedy a sticky lock, the most convenient way is with olive oil from your pantry. In order to fix the lock using the olive oil, simply rub a small amount of the oil on your key and insert the key in the lock. After inserting the key make sure to turn it to both the right and the left.

Will alcohol deice a lock? ›

The ethanol and isopropanol alcohol that destroy germs also lower the freezing point of water, and can melt the ice inside the lock within seconds.

Is silicone spray good for locks? ›

Silicone spray is a highly effective lubricant for a wide array of vehicle and household applications. It's ideal for lubricating surfaces that may be damaged by conventional lubricants such as grease or oil, and it also helps prevent the cracking and drying of rubber and locks out moisture.

Do locks need to be oiled? ›

Locks typically last for around seven years. To maximize the lifespan of your lock, you should perform regular cleaning and lubrication. You can use compressed air to clean locks, as well as wet cleaners like WD-40. Dry lubes are great for locks because they require less follow up lubrication.

What can I use to lubricate a lock? ›

10 Ways to Lubricate a Lock
  1. Teflon Dry Lubricant. Teflon-based dry lubricant is preferred by some locksmiths over other options, like graphite or WD-40. ...
  2. Teflon Aerosol Lubricant. ...
  3. Powdered Dry Graphite. ...
  4. Graphited Lock Fluid. ...
  5. Pencil. ...
  6. WD-40 Specialist Lubricant. ...
  7. De-Icer and Lubricant. ...
  8. Non-Toxic Mineral-Based Lubricant.
29 Jun 2022

What do you spray on a stiff lock? ›

If it doesn't move and it should, use WD40. This universal lubricant can be used as a quick fix for a stiff lock – but don't rely on it for an extended period of time as ultimately it will gum up your lock. Apply a dry graphite lubricant.

Where should you not use WD-40? ›

But Don't Spray It On:
  1. Door hinges. Sure, WD-40 will stop the squeaking, but it also attracts dust and dirt. ...
  2. Bike chains. WD-40 can cause dirt and dust to stick to a chain. ...
  3. Paintball guns. WD-40 can melt the seals in the guns.
  4. Locks. ...
  5. iPods and iPads.
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