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Old 01-21-2021, 01:52 PM   #1
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Question Lock frozen on outside storage

I have a 2017 Flying Cloud and I can't get one of the locks on an outside storage door to unlock. Any suggestions? I've tried lubricating already.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old 01-21-2021, 02:02 PM   #2
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Linda,

Any chance you're using the wrong key? Look for a code on the lock cylinder face match to key. No proof just a chance.

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Old 01-21-2021, 03:29 PM   #4
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Here is an old Canadian trick.

Push in your cigarette lighter, when it pops out, run with it and press it against the lock. Hold it there for a minute then try to unlock. The heat should defrost the lock.

be careful it will be very hot.


or buy a lock deicer

https://www.amazon.com/Victor-Lock-I...NsaWNrPXRydWU=
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Old 01-21-2021, 04:01 PM   #5
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Here is an old Canadian trick.

Push in your cigarette lighter, when it pops out, run with it and press it against the lock. Hold it there for a minute then try to unlock. The heat should defrost the lock.

be careful it will be very hot.


or buy a lock deicer

https://www.amazon.com/Victor-Lock-I...NsaWNrPXRydWU=
He is in Texas, so I do not think freezing weather is his issue. But, as a fellow Albertan, I have used this trick numerous times for a frozen lock. Can not do it anymore though, not many vehicles manufactured these days have the old cigarette lighter.
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Old 01-21-2021, 05:04 PM   #7
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I have a 2017 Flying Cloud and I can't get one of the locks on an outside storage door to unlock. Any suggestions? I've tried lubricating already.

Thanks for any suggestions!
Linda
I agree with the PB Blaster spray, pre treat all locks with it.
If its really frozen, take a pair of pliers, hold key with pliers.Gloves on hand, for non mechanic.Take a flame from Bic cigarette / grill lighter,and heat up end of key.Get it real hot.Then , with glove or pliers,stick it in lock for a minute or 2.Dont turn it.
Then, turn key.Lock should open.
If for some reason it won't open ( like wrong key) all storage unit managers have bolt cutters, for cutting off locks.
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My 2015 23d had a lock seize up on me while out on a trip. I tried everything. I had to take the bed apart to get to the inside of compartment to open and take the lock off. It was simple to get the lock off once you get to the inside. When I got home I took the lock assembly to two different locksmiths in my area. Neither could get the lock to open both claimed it was simply a cheap lock and recommended replacing it. I called Out of Doors mart in Colfax Nc.and bought a new assembly. Simple replacement and works as it should. Scott
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My 2015 23d had a lock seize up on me while out on a trip. I tried everything. I had to take the bed apart to get to the inside of compartment to open and take the lock off. It was simple to get the lock off once you get to the inside. When I got home I took the lock assembly to two different locksmiths in my area. Neither could get the lock to open both claimed it was simply a cheap lock and recommended replacing it. I called Out of Doors mart in Colfax Nc.and bought a new assembly. Simple replacement and works as it should. Scott
A cheap lock, on the world's most $$$ travel trailer??
No way
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Old 01-22-2021, 09:19 AM   #10
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Usually the outside storage is accessible from inside. Under the bed or dinette. See if you can reach the back of the lock and if there's a nut holding the hasp on. Remove the nut and the door will open, and you can remove the lock assembly for further repair.
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Old 01-22-2021, 10:31 AM   #11
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Spray with silicone lubricant and let sit an hour.
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Old 01-22-2021, 10:36 AM   #12
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Frozen Locker Lock

Accidentally bent key to one of my exterior lockers. Did not need to get in right away, so ordered lock replacement. When it came, I replaced lock with little effort. When I discovered, to my horror, what a cheap lock it was, I immediately ordered a back-up.
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Door lock on my cars used to freeze up in the days before key fob locks. B. Cole's idea is what I always used, heat up the key, insert and wait about 10 seconds before turning. You may have to do this a couple of times. A cigarette lighter works or sometimes just having the key nice and warm in your pocket will work. It doesn't need to be hot enough to burn you, just toasty.

If there's going to be rain you can put a small piece of masking tape over the lock to keep water out so it won't freeze.
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Old 01-22-2021, 10:53 AM   #14
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These are not the best quality locks so I have found that it is good to treat them gently. Many times, we are in a rush, unlocking/opening doors while we set up camp or break camp. We're impatient, time is ticking by, we're running late, we want a beer, we stick our keys in the locks the wrong way, turn them too hard, whatever. I think that's what I did to one of them and it cost me a trip to a service center to get drilled out and replaced. I'm more careful, gentle now and it has not reoccurred.
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:01 PM   #15
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Agree with he removal of the nut from inside, however that may not be easy to do. The tab holding the door closed is easily bent. If he tab is fully visible from inside you can bend it back to let the door open. If the tab is sandwiched between to layers of the frame, try pushing on the door from the inside.
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Happened to me too.

This happened to me after an afternoon of bumpy roads. I had to break the lock with a screwdriver to set camp. The cam latch still worked to keep door shut, I replaced the lock a few months later, it was about $35 from an AS dealer.
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The wafer tumblers in these "utility locks" can hold up for years but, frankly, are not very strong and can break. A cordless drill will "unlock" them easily, and a well-stocked locksmith (I used to be one) will be able to supply a replacement. Make sure it has a shutter to help keep rain and dirt out.
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Old 01-22-2021, 05:45 PM   #18
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I have a 2017 Flying Cloud and I can't get one of the locks on an outside storage door to unlock. Any suggestions? I've tried lubricating already.

Thanks for any suggestions!
Linda

I went through this, as frustrated as you, and ended up replacing locks on both storage compartments. Mine is a 2016 FC-25RB. Lubrication with silicone did not work, nor did dry graphite. They appear to be cheap mechanisms that are prone to fail.

Good Luc!
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Well, the OP (Linda) hasn't returned, so I'd guess the problem is solved somehow.
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Wd 40

Spray WD (Water Displacement) 40 via nozzle directly into lock tumbler opening and into door spacing just above the locking latch.......let sit for 30 minutes.
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