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    Quote Originally Posted by exeric View Post
    I've heard good advice that those switches should be disassembled in a clear plastic baggie.
    Good idea! I have used zip lock bags for many things. That is a new one. I've had tiny springs fly away never be seen again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larrymgibson View Post
    The ignition switch works and is wired and ready to go, but turns so hard, I'm afraid it will break when I force it. Would it be appropriate to spray graphite in the opening to lubricate it or is there another procedure for this type of switch?
    Thank You.
    It seems that introducing an electrical conductor like graphite in an ignition switch might cause internal shorting. It may be better to use a lubricant that is designed for electrical switches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coolbreeze View Post
    It seems that introducing an electrical conductor like graphite in an ignition switch might cause internal shorting. It may be better to use a lubricant that is designed for electrical switches.
    That is a very good point. I hadn’t considered that.

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    Larry, here's some pictures of the inner workings, I replaced the tumbler because I didn't have a key, but I think if you lube it from from the top through the key slot with a conservative amount of graphite it should be okay?





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    Quote Originally Posted by pisten-bully View Post
    Larry, here's some pictures of the inner workings, I replaced the tumbler because I didn't have a key, but I think if you lube it from from the top through the key slot with a conservative amount of graphite it should be okay?





    A conservative amount of graphite has been applied to the key slot. It seems to work more easily now. Stay tuned and thanks for the advice.

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