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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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gas cap problem

my key to my 250 is bent and wont open the gas cap. i had a replacement key made but that one doesn't work either. what are my options to fix this???
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 08:10 AM
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Try jiggling the key back and forth and up and down as you try to turn it.

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Try jiggling the key back and forth and up and down as you try to turn it.
yep, ive tried that. no luck :/
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 12:42 PM
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penetrating oil?
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 04:14 PM
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Post image of bent key.

Take a large screw driver and tap it into the key hole, twist until locking mech is broken and replace with a used gas cap. Or replace with a keyless cap.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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its hard to see anything but here are the keys. the key on the left is the original and the key on the right is the duplicate.



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Doesn't look too "bent"
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 02:27 PM
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Mine's way worse than that and I have no issues with it.

Spray some graphite or teflon lubricant in it and work it through.

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The notches on the right side of the duplicate don't look like they are cut correctly. Have them remake it.

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 01:30 AM
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If the tank gasket has a good seal, it's pretty hard on the key using them as the sole source for closing the cap while turing the lock. I always use my free hand to apply closing pressure to the cap, and am careful to make sure the cap is seated all the way down before I start to turn the key to lock the cap.
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