Access Panel Lock Stuck

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    FireFlies_Tx New Member

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    The access panel lock for my cassette toilet is STUCK. I’ve sprayed WD-40 into the key hole and just can’t get the darn thing to turn. I’ve been gentle and put some muscle into it. It almost turns but won’t fully engage. The lock appears to be the same as the other locks on the camper and they all use the same key.

    Does anyone have any words of wisdom for me? Tips or tricks to try?
     

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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    Looks like its a wood panel? And swollen up? Try the key a few more times , and try it upside down too. You cant break it if it dosen't work. Otherwise you may have to drill it out.
     
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    FireFlies_Tx New Member

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    It’s a metal panel. Looks like the metal has been eaten away a bit around the lock. Not particularly rusty looking so that is strange.
     
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    Can you pull the toilet and get to the back side of the lock?
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    Have you emptied this enough times to be very sure it's the same key? (No offense intended! I have no clue what key opens what in my campers. I just know there isn't much logic to it.)
     
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    Fair question! It’s a new to me pop up so I’ve never opened it before. That said, the key I have opens everything else and it does insert and almost work. So it seems like it’s probably the correct key but there is a chance that it’s not. I am buying some lubricant that a YouTube locksmith recommends. He says it’s his holy grail and better than WD-40. Hopefully that will work.
     
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    There's a number on the lock. That's the key number.
     
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    Oil works fine for locks , just messy. No need for special.
     
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    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office

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    If you're not 100% sure it's the same key, it probably isn't. Keys with different cuts but the same key type will insert into the lock and "almost work".

    You either need to find the correct key, or just drill it out and buy a new lock. They're cheap.
     
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    Maybe. I haven’t tried that yet but I’m adding it to the list to try.
     
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    I was able to find a key on Amazon with the same key number so I’ve purchased one and eagerly await it. Fingers crossed this simple solution works.
     
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    On mine the key will insert backwards but will not turn. Try flipping the key. Also sometimes it feels like it's fully inserted but it's not. These cam locks and key aren't very high tolerance items.
     

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