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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-27-2019, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel Cap

What’s the trick to make the fuel cap latch easier. Meaning key in the cap and trying to spring it back to lock the cap.

Have silicone the key hole and the side prongs.

I have to push in different places now to find the sweet spot to latch.
Use to be easier.

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I push down hard with all fingers and the thumb.
It was being difficult so I put a few drops of gear oil into the key hole.
Much better after adding the gear oil.
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Ok, will try that.

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Use Tri-Flow lubricant. This is the most recommended for you locks on this site. Useful for many other places to lubricate on you bike. You should be able to find it a lot of places locally.

Read thru these posts regarding your problem:

https://www.vtxoa.com/forums/search....archid=2965806
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Not saying my idea is any better or worse but I use a puff bottle of powdered graphite in keyholes when they become sticky
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there are 2 parts..


the key tumblers
the latching arms... spray oil into both arm openings... lay it in its side so excess oil drains on to paper.. not into gas tank
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there are 2 parts..


the key tumblers
the latching arms... spray oil into both arm openings... lay it in its side so excess oil drains on to paper.. not into gas tank
Yeah I did this and it sounds like this is your problem. I drenched mine in WD40 and then sat there and worked the mechanism a bit. Mine had been sitting for a long time and the cap was a struggle to remove or insert. I also used the Tri-flow on the key side. I let it all sit for a day to dry out and havent had any issues. I also us the 2 thumbs and 2 pointer finger method to insert the cap and get the key ro release.
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for the record.. I have never had this issue...

as its part of a long list of maintenance I do to all my machines..

my motto.. if it MOVES it needs maintenance..... every 2 years.....

from locks.. to driveshafts.... A to Z, 1 to 9,999...... is done

Motorcycles, Cars, Trucks, Lawn mowers, generators,,, ETC.

reason my 'stuff' lasts a very long time.... maintenance... not fix when a problem starts..
prevent problems.. not fix problems.
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Cool

Same problem here, pain in the ass to push down.
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for the record.. I have never had this issue...

as its part of a long list of maintenance I do to all my machines..

my motto.. if it MOVES it needs maintenance..... every 2 years.....

from locks.. to driveshafts.... A to Z, 1 to 9,999...... is done

Motorcycles, Cars, Trucks, Lawn mowers, generators,,, ETC.

reason my 'stuff' lasts a very long time.... maintenance... not fix when a problem starts..
prevent problems.. not fix problems.
Hey Chuck, you seem like you LOVE maintenance, so who am I to deprive you.
You’re welcome to perform all of my maintenance for me at your convenience. And yes, the beer will flow. &#x1f602;

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