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

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

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

Spray GumOut parts cleaner at an angle into the latch of the deadbolt. Use a rag to clean and dry off latch.
  • Spray GumOut parts cleaner at an angle into the latch of the deadbolt.

  • Use a rag to clean and dry off latch.

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

Insert dry powdered graphite into the key cylinder of the deadbolt. Place the key into the cylinder to lubricate and clean the chamber.
  • 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.

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

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

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

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.
  • 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.

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

Conclusion

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

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