1997 Virago 250 key stuck in gas tank (Charlotte, NC)

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jskipburns
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What Virago you Own: 1997 Virago 250 (Charlotte, NC)

1997 Virago 250 key stuck in gas tank (Charlotte, NC)

Post by jskipburns » Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:35 pm

The ignition is sticky and I got it to work by blowing it with an air compressor and adding graphite. Unfortunately, the same technique didn't work with the gas tank and now the key is stuck. It turns and opens the tank, just won't come out.

I've sprayed it with more graphite and I'm letting it sit. Hope it somehow loosens tomorrow. Any other ideas?

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jsyzdek
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Re: 1997 Virago 250 key stuck in gas tank (Charlotte, NC)

Post by jsyzdek » Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:42 pm

I had a similar issue with a regular key in a door lock. I didn't use any lubricant, just patiently jiggled the key and finally got it out by pushing the key in and immediately pulling it. Almost as if you wanted to throw a phantom punch and bring that hand back to guard your face... (for a lack of better analogy). Not sure if it'll work, but worth trying.
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Re: 1997 Virago 250 key stuck in gas tank (Charlotte, NC)

Post by ViragoJoe » Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:31 pm

jskipburns wrote:
Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:35 pm
The ignition is sticky and I got it to work by blowing it with an air compressor and adding graphite. Unfortunately, the same technique didn't work with the gas tank and now the key is stuck. It turns and opens the tank, just won't come out.

I've sprayed it with more graphite and I'm letting it sit. Hope it somehow loosens tomorrow. Any other ideas?
This may be a stupid question, however, did you insert the correct key?

Also, press down on the Fuel Cap to get pressure off the locking lugs and pull straight up on the key as you turn it counterclockwise.

Good Luck!
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