Introduction

A sticking deadbolt is a common nuisance for homeowners. It can be caused by debris, weather, and general wear and tear. This guide will instruct users how to repair a sticking deadbolt. Fortunately, this is an intermediate fix and the estimated time to complete this repair is thirty to forty-five minutes.

Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove both of the ¾-inch screws from the strike plate.
  • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove both of the ¾-inch screws from the strike plate.

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Remove both of the 2.5 inch mounting screws from the lock cylinder.
  • Remove both of the 2.5 inch mounting screws from the lock cylinder.

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  • After all four screws have been taken out, slide the latch of the deadbolt out of the door frame.

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  • Spray GumOut parts cleaner at an angle into the latch of the deadbolt.

  • Use a rag to clean and dry off latch.

  • We suggest using GumOut cleaning solutions, which is available at most home improvement stores.

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  • Spray GumOut parts cleaner into the key cylinder to lubricate chamber.

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  • Insert dry powdered graphite into the key cylinder of the deadbolt.

  • Place the key into the cylinder to lubricate and clean the chamber.

  • If it is difficult to turn the key, then apply more dry powdered graphite into the cylinder.

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  • Apply the dry powdered graphite to the latch of the deadbolt.

  • Use a rag to remove excess dry powdered graphite from the latch.

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  • Slide the latch of the deadbolt back into the door frame.

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  • Take the lock cylinder and the 2.5 inch mounting screws and insert them through the latch of the deadbolt.

  • Then mount the key cylinder on the screws.

  • Use a Phillips screwdriver to tighten the 2.5 inch mounting screws and secure the deadbolt to the frame.

  • The cylinder should be mounted on the outside of the doorframe.

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  • Use a Phillips screwdriver to screw in both of the ¾-inch screws back into the strike plate.

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Conclusion

After following this fast fix guide, the sticking deadbolt should be fixed.

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GumOut Cleaner seems to be initially intended for Brakes and other auto parts. Is that the product you intend?

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