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Old 01-02-2008, 07:40 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:48 PM   #2
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Spray the door seals with a silicone spray.

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Old 01-02-2008, 10:29 PM   #3
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Thnanks, I'll try that. Will WD 40 do it?
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:30 PM   #4
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Yeah it will probably work, but silicone works better.
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:06 PM   #5
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Vasoline is another Good alternative.......
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:28 AM   #6
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IS there a name brand for the sillicone I can look for?
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Any auto parts or hardware store will have cans of spray silicone lubricant. One brand is about as good as another IMNTBHO
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i know i just wanted to know what to look for
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Seems like every different store has a different brand, just ask one of the employees
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ok, thanks!
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Vaseline will get on your clothes and make a greasy stain. I'd use silicone. It dries when applied, and won't rub off.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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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