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Offline marcus1kr

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Can't turn key in ignition.
on: January 10, 2021, 10:57:08 PM
Hi Everyone,

Today, I have encountered my first problem with my bike. I cannot turn the key whatsoever, it won't budge left or right, no matter which way the key is in the ignition. I had this problem a couple times when it was really cold and I had ridden to work, sometimes it would be -3 or more.

I didn't have time to lift the seat and check the battery, I'll be doing that when I have some time. But would a dead battery stop me from turning the key in the ignition?

I'm wondering if perhaps a bit of ice is in there or something?

Has anyone heard of an issue like this before?


Been riding my s1000R for 25,000 kms, bike has 44,000 on it.

I keep my bike in a shed in Canada, it's pretty darn cold, but mostly dry. Bike hasn't been ridden in 10 days.


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Re: Can't turn key in ignition.
Reply #1 on: January 10, 2021, 11:48:27 PM
Hi, won't be anything to do with battery.

If you think there may be moisture, use a hairdryer to gently heat the ignition barrel.

Do you have a second key you can try, it's possible the one you are using is damaged slightly.

Also try inserting it slowly and trying to turn it just before it is fully in.

Don't put WD40 or similar into the ignition barrel.

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Re: Can't turn key in ignition.
Reply #2 on: January 11, 2021, 12:38:44 AM
Lock deicer would be my suggestion, guess there's one hidden benefit to keyless ignitions lol.

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Re: Can't turn key in ignition.
Reply #3 on: January 11, 2021, 02:55:27 AM
Hold the clutch, move the bike, and move the handlebars a little bit with that movement.  Put the key in and wiggle the bars when you try the key... see if it's mechanical vs the tumbler/lock/ignition itself.
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Re: Can't turn key in ignition.
Reply #4 on: January 11, 2021, 03:19:15 AM
Is the steering locked?

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Re: Can't turn key in ignition.
Reply #5 on: January 12, 2021, 05:46:31 PM
Quick update.

The temperature rose to 2 the other day and the problem was no longer there.

Leading me to think it was just some ice in the ignition.

Guess it's not a bad problem to have.

Likely occurred because I always wash my bile after a ride due to the amount of salt on the roads. Happy Days.

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Re: Can't turn key in ignition.
Reply #6 on: January 14, 2021, 02:31:50 PM
*Originally Posted by marcus1kr [+]
Quick update.

The temperature rose to 2 the other day and the problem was no longer there.

Leading me to think it was just some ice in the ignition.

Guess it's not a bad problem to have.

Likely occurred because I always wash my bile after a ride due to the amount of salt on the roads. Happy Days.

Good to hear that it is resolved.

My suggestion is to do 2 things - bring a hair dryer set on hot to the keyway and let it heat up and dry out any residual moisture that may be in there. That done squeeze some dry graphite lubricant into the keyway. When I lived in Canada I found that the graphite lubricant worked very well.

When washing the bike in colder weather it may be a good idea to cover the keyway to minimize water ingress.
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