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pesphoto 01-02-2008 07:40 PM

Car door freezing shut
 
I was wondering if anyone can tell me why my front door on my car freezes shut on the cold mornings? Anything I can do to prevent it form happening?
Its kinda embarrasing when the neighbors see me climbing in thru the back seat.
Thanks

jerryh3 01-02-2008 08:48 PM

Spray the door seals with a silicone spray.

pesphoto 01-02-2008 10:29 PM

Thnanks, I'll try that. Will WD 40 do it?

NateHanson 01-02-2008 10:30 PM

Yeah it will probably work, but silicone works better.

Bondo 01-02-2008 11:06 PM

Vasoline is another Good alternative.......

pesphoto 01-03-2008 11:28 AM

IS there a name brand for the sillicone I can look for?

Rehabber 01-03-2008 11:34 AM

Any auto parts or hardware store will have cans of spray silicone lubricant. One brand is about as good as another IMNTBHO

pesphoto 01-03-2008 11:44 AM

i know i just wanted to know what to look for

Rehabber 01-03-2008 12:24 PM

Seems like every different store has a different brand, just ask one of the employees

pesphoto 01-03-2008 12:28 PM

ok, thanks!

NateHanson 01-03-2008 12:40 PM

Vaseline will get on your clothes and make a greasy stain. I'd use silicone. It dries when applied, and won't rub off.

zeeba neighba 01-03-2008 02:25 PM

What about the window seals? While you wouldn't want to put Vaseline on them, I thought those were supposed to be the problem area here.

Also, is it advisable to try to remove the inside door panel and apply lubrication to the moving parts of the lock mechanism?

jerryh3 01-03-2008 03:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pesphoto (Post 85150)
IS there a name brand for the sillicone I can look for?

If you have a pool and spa store near you, ask them for o ring lubricant. I would not use anything petroleum based, like WD40. If you can't find that just get the spray from a hardware or auto store, spray it on a rag and wipe the seals down.

NateHanson 01-04-2008 07:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zeeba neighba (Post 85209)
Also, is it advisable to try to remove the inside door panel and apply lubrication to the moving parts of the lock mechanism?

I'd only worry about that if your door locks are freezing. You'll know this is happening if you sometimes can't slam the doors shut.

We had a 98 chevy prism, and it got water in the lock mechanism a lot, and it was a constant problem in it's last winter (before we sold it).

I haven't had that problem with any other car. I even took our 04 passat through the car wash yesterday and it was 5 degrees out. No issues.

zeeba neighba 01-04-2008 09:19 AM

Thanks - that's exactly what's happening with my '97 Escort. The internal lock mechanism itself (the one controlled by the remote and electronic switch inside) freezes up and the doors won't shut. It used to happen only when temps got into the single digits, but now it's happening in the high teens.


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