York Safe & Lock tumblers lock up

Reader queries and comments about York Safe & Lock strongboxes continue to hit this blog.
Please comment below if you can answer this question: …

I have an old York Safe and Lock Co. safe, quite similar to the one that was restored for York County, and am looking for technical information on how to get access to the lock and lubricate the combination tumblers as mine tend to lock up at times. Can you help?

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York Safe & Lock worker recalls chat with Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr’s visit to York long remembered
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Forry Laucks, Lauxmont sparked debates
York-made safes spotted in post-war Tokyo
York Safe restoration ‘once in a lifetime’ project.
York Safe faltered after owner’s death.
All York Safe & Lock posts from the start.
(For multiple posts on York County’s industrial prowess, see this blog’s Made in York category.)

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2 Responses to York Safe & Lock tumblers lock up

  1. Jerry says:

    There is a screw inside on the back of the combo lock. Remove it and turn the round piece slightly to the left an then pull it out. The older ones are screw type and after removing the small screw you will need to unscrew hte whol combo mechanism. these aremade of Brass so WD40 sprayed on them makes them like new. I have 5 York safes and all my locks have been lubricated this way. I have also changed the combinations very easily

  2. Richard Easterlin says:

    I have an old york safe, but the combination was lost. Is there a way to get the combination?

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