Hi I installed a Defiant Electronic Deadbolt and for the past couple weeks it is not always opening properly. What happens is the bolt goes to retracts about 1/2 way and sort of sticks. Eventually the door opens and of course the lock itself errors and throws the red led.

Any Ideas? I know it was an inexpensive lock but still do not want to swap it out if there is a simple fix.

  • What model is it? – ThreePhaseEel Dec 3 '16 at 18:11
  • Does it always slide in and out correctly when the door is open? – Tyson Dec 3 '16 at 18:26
  • I'd look for physical blockage, either inside the lick cavity or binding the bolt. – keshlam Dec 3 '16 at 19:04
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    You need to determine if it is dragging on the strike plate or if it is rubbing in the deadbolt itself. Would also try a drop of 3in1 oil on the deadbolt. Other possibility is binding on the cam bar possibly from miss alignment. – spicetraders Dec 3 '16 at 21:01
  • I'd use LockEase rather than 3in1 oil. Over time 3in1 oil will both attract dirt and dry/harden. Lock ease is dry graphit in a quick evaporating and penetrating liquid, it won't gum up in the future. @spicetraders – Tyson Dec 4 '16 at 0:40

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