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    Ignition Trouble 2011 1200GS

    Thursday, I rode to work. While there a little sleet, snow, ice mix fell. I had a lot of trouble getting the key in the ignition because it had froze. Eventually I could, and after several minutes of fiddling with it, I was finally able to get the bike to turn on.

    I made it home, and I let the bike sit Friday, but I checked it today (the temp is well above freezing and it's been in the garage), and the metal piece that covers the key slot when the key isn't in it hasn't yet popped back up. I've put some WD-40 in it, but no good yet.

    So, my questions:
    1. any ideas for fixing this problem?
    2. since the bike fires up fine, should I be concerned if the metal piece doesn't pop back up any time soon?

    thanks for your help.

    I guess this is what I get for riding in January
    2011 R1200GS
    2004 R1150R Rockster (traded)

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    Ignition trouble 2011 bike (frozen key entry)

    Quote Originally Posted by mclintoc View Post
    Thursday, I rode to work. While there a little sleet, snow, ice mix fell. I had a lot of trouble getting the key in the ignition because it had froze. Eventually I could, and after several minutes of fiddling with it, I was finally able to get the bike to turn on.

    I made it home, and I let the bike sit Friday, but I checked it today (the temp is well above freezing and it's been in the garage), and the metal piece that covers the key slot when the key isn't in it hasn't yet popped back up. I've put some WD-40 in it, but no good yet.

    So, my questions:
    1. any ideas for fixing this problem?
    2. since the bike fires up fine, should I be concerned if the metal piece doesn't pop back up any time soon?

    thanks for your help.

    I guess this is what I get for riding in January
    I read once in Popular Mechanics that if your key lock was frozen to heat your key with a match/lighter..warm it enough so that when you stuck it against he lock, it would melt the ice.

    Maybe this will help. Maybe not, but I hope so. Good luck!

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    spent a bunch of my life where locks froze. Here's the drill

    The hot key trick works. Pliers and cigarette lighter. Heat heck out of it, may take a few tries. This loosens stucks tumblers pretty well. Covers normally don't stick to badly unless lock is gummed or corroded.

    Lay off petroleum lubes including WD40. They leave sticky residues. Use graphite based lock lubes and just flood the lock with them a couple times every winter. WD40 is a prety good solvent for its own residues so you can use it to loosen any gummy petroleum stuff.

    If the lock is so iced up notihng pentrates, squirt 90% or better alcohol (isopropyl or denatured ethyl) into it- it will cut the ice and leave no residue.

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