Ignition

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by flhtcman99, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. flhtcman99

    flhtcman99 Member

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    I need some help, i have a 1999 FLHTC, this morning when i went to unlock my ignition it wouldn't unlock at all. last night when i locked it for the night i had no problems. need some advice!! thank you!!
     
  2. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Welcome to THE Forum. At the risk of sounding silly, were you using the correct key? I know that I have a key on my ring for my Corbin solo seat to unlock it. However, it doesn't unlock my ignition no matter how hard I try. Conversely the ignition key just wont get that seat off either. Just sayin.

    Bodeen
     
  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    If your fork lock is built into the switch too like the later years, try moving the forks while you unlock it.
     
  4. flhtcman99

    flhtcman99 Member

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    yes i am using the right key. i have tried to move the front end around while trying to turn the key and it just won't budge. thanks you for your responce
     
  5. wannaride

    wannaride Active Member

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    Where about do you live? Someone might be close to ride by & look.

    Toby
     
  6. flhtcman99

    flhtcman99 Member

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    i live in phoenix az. i didn't even think about that. thank you

    thank you for the welcome
     
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  7. flhtcman99

    flhtcman99 Member

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    i guess i may have worded my question or problem wrong?? the problem is the tumbler has either come apart inside or maybe just worn out after 12 years of riding it. can i brake off the knob on top and manually turn out my fork lock? my bike is up at my work place not at my home. thank you for all your kind words of advice!!
     
  8. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    If you can get the bike to a locksmith, they may be able to remove just the tumbler section without any further damage.
     
  9. Knott

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    You have a locksmith right here.
    Get some powderd graphite & put a SMALL amount in the lock where the key goes, then insert the key & remove it.DO NOT TURN THE KEY YET. Do this key in & out to spread the graphite around the lock pins. Then gently try to turn the key. If it will not open, add a bit more graphite & do the in & out with the key again. Then try gently to turn the key.
     
  10. flhtcman99

    flhtcman99 Member

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    Thank you Knott! can i find graphite at a walmart or local hardware store? i am going to try this right away!!