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flip Key; how to clean mechanism?

One of my Kia keys (same as Hyundai i20 I notice) has started to stick and feel rough when opening / closing. This was on the day I helped soembody take loads of garden waste to the recycling centre, so I suspect grit / grot / dust in the mechanism to be the cause.
Has anybody managed to disassemble and reassemble one of these keys? I'm reluctant to start poking around with a screwdriver so I'd appreciate any advice on this.
Incidentally, when offered a Kia hire car last year at Munich airport (by a very apologetic Avis worker, the Kia being seen as a low budget, non-German and therefore rubbish brand) the key she was holding had suffered a failure of the spring mechanism, so I suspect it's a common problem.

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I usually use electrical cleaner.....just give it a quick squirt.
Failing that WD40 is as good as anything.

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I usually use electrical cleaner.....just give it a quick squirt.
Failing that WD40 is as good as anything.

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Cheers Chris - I suspect that's all the main dealer would do, judging by my boot catch and door lock, so I might as well have a bash at that rather than take the car all the way up there. (Not that there's anything wrong with the simple, quick & easy fix!)
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NOJust let it dry out and flip the key a couple of times with the 'hinge' facing down.
Never use any 'oily' anti corrosion product like WD40. This will collect all the dust from your pocket in your key hinge and this will make things only worse.

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NOJust let it dry out and flip the key a couple of times with the 'hinge' facing down.
Never use any 'oily' anti corrosion product like WD40. This will collect all the dust from your pocket in your key hinge and this will make things only worse.
What I really want to do is open it up, clean it, and reassemble it, dry.
While I accept that WD40 might remain in the workings, attracting dust, electrical contact cleaner probably evaporates, leaving the workings clean and dry. Perhaps contact cleaner can be used to "flush out" the muck?
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There is really no reason to open it. I am an arborist using a flip key for 13 years now (Volkswagen and Kia). I had my keys sort of stuck many times with sand and sawdust. Just let it dry out and fiddle the mechanism. There is nothing wrong IN your key, there is just some debris in the mechanism that will fall out juggling it.

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I agree with not using a WD40 type lubricant, it is parrafin based and leaves an oily residue which dust will stick to and eventually gunge up the hinge.
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WHOA!

Hang on a minute.
I wasn't suggesting you douse the thing.
Contact cleaner is ideal but sometimes a bit of lubrication doesn't go amiss.
I've never had a problem with detritus sticking to anything lubricated with WD unless the key resides in the bottom of a handbag in which case everything gets covered in fluff including chewing gum.

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WHOA!

Hang on a minute.
I wasn't suggesting you douse the thing.
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I wasn't suggesting you where suggesting to douse the thing.

My big red "no" was just to prevent ED209 using the WD.
I have sprayed cans full of that stuff on my Minis and Mokes electrical contacts but you just shouldn't use it on flipping keys.

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Was tempted to say" what do you think it is ...RED NO DAY?"
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Yellow card for excessive use of the red no.

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