Hello, I have SR suntour XCM forks, I know they are budget, but what come on my bike.
Yesterday, something strange happened, I went to engage the lockout, but the lever clicked, and would not engage. Later in the day, I tried again, then the lever seemed to lock in place, but the fork was not locked. I moved the other way, and it was locked.
Now my forks in the lock out position have travel, and in the open position are locked.
Will the forks still be ok? they feel alright, but I really don't want them to randomly lock while I am travelling down a bumpy hill or something.
Relax. You are getting way too worried over a minor problem. You don't need a front suspension fork to keep from losing control on a bumpy downhill section. I have two very fine older unsuspended mountain bikes right now - a Trek 930 Mountain Track and a Cannondale SM800 "Beast of the East". They are not dangerous to ride, far from it. Maybe a little less comfortable on rough ground but certainly not dangerous.
By the way, the Suntour XCM fork can be had for $60 online so it probably cost the company who built your bike $30 or less. Suntour lists it as a mid-level, inexpensive fork, meaning that it is not the least expensive they make but just one step above that. It was designed to be used on entry level bikes. It probably was built to be replaced instead of being repaired like a lot of inexpensive stuff because the cost of labor to fix it is way too much.