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Screwed up an American 5200.

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monkeypunch

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Post Wed May 27, 2015 3:53 pm

Screwed up an American 5200.

Hello, all:


I was doing a bit of picking today on a 5200 American. Got it opened and when I closed it up, I turned the core the wrong way and now can't get the key in to reset it, any tips on how to remedy this?
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Post Wed May 27, 2015 3:55 pm

Re: Screwed up an American 5200.

you may have to drill the security nut out and then the plate and cylinder will drop out.
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Post Wed May 27, 2015 4:23 pm

Re: Screwed up an American 5200.

Can you upload a picture of how it looks now? If its stuck 180 degrees from where it should be then the drivers dropped into the keyway so just lift them all up and turn.
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Post Wed May 27, 2015 7:16 pm

Re: Screwed up an American 5200.

Papa Gleb wrote:Can you upload a picture of how it looks now? If its stuck 180 degrees from where it should be then the drivers dropped into the keyway so just lift them all up and turn.


Exactly what you described. I've had this happen before on another 5200 and fixed it. This one just doesn't want to go. I can push all the driver pins down and get what feels like a false set, but it will only turn so far...

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Post Wed May 27, 2015 8:39 pm

Re: Screwed up an American 5200.

Take a tension tool, wiper insert, back of a half diamond; something like that. Insert it into the normal bottom of the keyway and press the driver pins (not the key pins) upward. Basically, as the keyway is rotated 180, the driver pins have dropped slightly into the milling in the plug and trapped it. Pushing the drivers up will leave the plug free to rotate. That's what Papa Gleb was talking about. Good luck!

EDIT: Re-read your post, seems like you're on the right track. With the force required to operate some 5200s, may be a good idea to employ a secondary tensioner at the TOK position to apply additional rotational force if needed. I've gotten some 5200s out of whack before (picked them ccw), and ended up having to use this technique. Also, make sure the key pins aren't dropping out through the re-pinning holes at the bottom of the shell and blocking the plug while you're doing this. Again, good luck.
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Post Wed May 27, 2015 8:40 pm

Re: Screwed up an American 5200.

monkeypunch wrote:I can push all the driver pins down and get what feels like a false set, but it will only turn so far...


Ar you sure all the driver pins are in there ? Sounds to me like you may have a spring that has jumped into the core. You can usually shear them with enough force , if you can't put them back where the belong.
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Post Wed May 27, 2015 8:51 pm

Re: Screwed up an American 5200.

You can even see the drive pin sticking from the bottom of the keyway.

Another issue I just realized. Those cores have holes in the bible for the core to be easily rekeyed without having the disassemble it. 6 holes are drilled on the bottom so you turn the key 180 and with the holes dump out all the old pins then swap keys and repin it. If you wiggled this thing enough then maybe something is also stuck in the holes and the drivers are in the plug
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Post Wed May 27, 2015 9:21 pm

Re: Screwed up an American 5200.

Got it! One of the driver pins was sticking out slightly it seems. I just raked it a few times and success :D

Thanks guys.
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Post Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:56 am

Re: Screwed up an American 5200.

Okay...I've got the same problem again, this time with a Series 200 with the same 5200 series keyway. This time the key is stuck in the keyway and it is in that same 180 degree position. Any ideas???
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Post Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:44 am

Re: Screwed up an American 5200.

I'm tying to figure out how you managed to do that with the key in there... it shouldn't be possible!!!?? Is the core not installed in the padlock or is the key not fully inserted? if the key is only in part way... you may have to force it or drill the nut out the end of the plate.
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Post Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:07 pm

Re: Screwed up an American 5200.

I unlocked it as per normal and as it is key retaining shut it and turned the key, but it kept turning past its usual spot and is now stuck. I can feel it when I tug up on it, it's hang up on the pins. I can get it out for what feels like two pins and then bam stuck :???:

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