EMILY COWEN wrote:
> Hi Bobby De Weese!!
> Does your locksmith's training tell how to dissolve the corrosion
> that makes my '73 "B"'s door locks inoperable?? I know penetrating oil
> won't work ('cause I've tried it). Someone once suggested trying
> vinegar to dissolve the whitish crud that jams the lock barrells, but
> that didn't work either.
> Any ideas, other than using "Mr. Blue Wrench"??
> TTUL8r, Kirk Cowen (who knows it's futile to lock a convertable,
> but wants the locks to work "just because")
Stiff locks and white crud are a winter/spring problem on my V8 which I
have put down to weather and road conditions as it an all-year-round
car. Hardware shops here sell powdered graphite which is made
specifically for lubricating locks, but being tight I cut a nice long
point on a graphite pencil, then shave it down with the edge of a knive
into a piece of paper with crease running from one side to the other.
Hold the little lock cover open with a small screwdriver, put the
paper crease into the open lock and gently tap the the graphite into
the mechanism. It may take a couple of days to work its way into the
tumblers, but one application as soon as the lock or cover starts
getting stiff lasts for months.
If it's completely seized to start with then you will have to dismantle
and clean all the many bits, but don't oil it afterwards, use powdered
garphite. Put a bit on finger or thumb and rub them together and you
will see just how good a lubricant it is.