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Old May 24th, 2014, 10:34 PM
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locking rear door

I'm having trouble locking the rear door on my '95 D90 NAS SW.

Not using the ignition key which I was advised to use only in starting the car but using the shorter door key. This key easily locks/unlocks both doors but I have to work to lock the rear door. I end up not knowing what I did to make it work as I seem to jiggle it clock/counter clock wise many times until it locks. Is this normal?

Should I use the ignition key instead?
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Old May 24th, 2014, 10:37 PM
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Try squirting some lube into the lock itself. You may also need to lube the locking mechanism too.
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Old May 24th, 2014, 10:45 PM
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Thanks, I'll squirt some DW-40 into the lock and see if that works. How do I lube the locking mechanism?
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Old May 24th, 2014, 10:55 PM
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I would use lithium grease instead of WD40 myself but somebody else may chime in with a better suggestion.
As for lubing the lock mechanism itself squirt some behind the part that grabs the hasp on the body and try to squirt some inside where the tab is that you move up and down to lock the door. I would then rotate the key a few times to work the lube in along with moving the interior locking tab up and down (insert high school sexual humor here) and that should take care of it. My guess is it is just full of road grime and old grease.
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Old May 25th, 2014, 01:36 PM
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Dw40 is a penetrating oil, not a lube. In fact it does a very good job of acting as a solvent and washing away any lube you do have in there. And then it evaporates to give you a metal on metal situation. You can get Teflon lube sprays that work much better as a lube but I'm not sure that would be best in that case. Probably lithium grease would do the trick as mentioned.
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Old May 25th, 2014, 01:40 PM
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Thanks Dave and Mark. Just went to Home Depot and picked up a can of lithium grease.
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Old May 25th, 2014, 03:41 PM
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you said up and down....
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Old May 25th, 2014, 05:51 PM
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That did the trick. Door now locks and unlocks easily. Thank you very much.
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Dw40 is a penetrating oil, not a lube. In fact it does a very good job of acting as a solvent and washing away any lube you do have in there. And then it evaporates to give you a metal on metal situation. You can get Teflon lube sprays that work much better as a lube but I'm not sure that would be best in that case. Probably lithium grease would do the trick as mentioned.
They advertise it as a lubricant.


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Old May 25th, 2014, 08:11 PM
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WD-40 is a very very light lubricant ... not really suitable for maintaining defender locks where the lock shims are held in place with grease ... different lubes for different situations ...
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