The tumblers in my ignition are getting a little sticky. Is there anything safe i can use that wont mess with the switch?
Has anyone used the dry graphite? I inherited a small squeeze bottle from my Dad, but have not used it on the key switch.
The lock isn't actually the switch so I would think that dry or liquid graphite would suffice.
Do not use graphite, It will short out the switch. Use something like 3 in 1 oil.
Putting graphite in the key lock tumblers is not putting graphite in the switch. The key lock consists of a series of flat wafers and are not actually "tumblers" found in modern locks. A dry lube would be preferred.
Oil in that lock cylinder will attract dust and cause problems ultimately
This is "the stuff". Plain dry graphite makes a mess if you're trying to get it into a vertical lock. This uses alcohol to get the graphite where it needs to go and then flashes off leaving just the graphite. It'll make it turn like new.
And MADE IN THE USA.
I have never had the tumbler/switch apart, so my main concern was whatever i lubed it with migrating down to the electrical connections. I, like Jim had heard never to use graphite because it conducts electricity.
I use a "white" graphite I bought about 1957. It's never caused a problem. The guts of the switch are isolated from the lock cylinder as Jack said, so apply your graphite and don't worry about it.