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PostSubject: Frozen Doors   Frozen Doors Empty19th January 2011, 10:42

Bit of a cold snap this morning, not for the first time, but my passenger door was frozen solid, no reaction from the door handle when pulled from outside or inside. Pin pops up and down fine.

Drove to work, heaters on max, and when I arrived it was fine.

So I appreciate it happens but do you think that there is any merit in removing the door panel and padding out the area around the mechanism with lagging like you do for pipes to stop them freezing? If you follow my theory that the area around the lock then wont get as cold and as a result is less likely to freeze!

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PostSubject: Re: Frozen Doors   Frozen Doors Empty19th January 2011, 11:36

Cant seeing any harm in trying it. Not sure if it will do much though. scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Frozen Doors   Frozen Doors Empty19th January 2011, 12:34

you also need to be careful if the glass gets frozen to the rubber as giving it too much of a tug could result in a broken window Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Frozen Doors   Frozen Doors Empty19th January 2011, 12:41

What is it that is actually causing the problem? Are the door handles controlled by a wire pulled when squeezing the handle or is it and electrical system?
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PostSubject: Re: Frozen Doors   Frozen Doors Empty19th January 2011, 12:46

I think it's most likely condensation which has frozen.....

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PostSubject: Re: Frozen Doors   Frozen Doors Empty19th January 2011, 13:17

The handle soesnt react when frozen so probably the door mech. I always apply a thin layer of vaseline to the rubber seals in winter to prevent the glass on rubber freeze and damage occuring. I think Ill just get the loisture out of the lock and bang some silicon grease in there
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PostSubject: Re: Frozen Doors   Frozen Doors Empty19th January 2011, 13:51

Mine does this if left outside in the freezing weather, I find it immensely irritating too as my Saab, with a similar design of outer handle, never freezes up no matter how cold it is! But then as Saab say, 'We build cars where others only test them!' Smile

During the recent very cold weather I was having to pour cool water over the handles every time I went out to free them up!
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PostSubject: Re: Frozen Doors   Frozen Doors Empty19th January 2011, 16:01

So does the actual handle freeze so you cant squeeze it?
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PostSubject: Re: Frozen Doors   Frozen Doors Empty19th January 2011, 16:27

No handles fine both inside and outside ones, mech just doesnt engage, Im almost sure its frozen condensation so Ill GT85 it and get the silicon in. Just a suprise cold snap last night and a car left out
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PostSubject: Re: Frozen Doors   Frozen Doors Empty19th January 2011, 20:07

i used to get this all the time,on someone told me to to spray silicone spray on the rubbers,as thay said its the glass sticks to the rubbers,any way did that and have no sticky doors no more,so i would give this a go coz it worked for me..... Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Frozen Doors   Frozen Doors Empty19th January 2011, 21:00

another thing to bear in mind when frozen is when you open the door the window normally drops a few mm but does't when frozen against the bottom rubber/doorseal, what can happen is the motor can burnout as it will try to open and can't Rolling Eyes

this can lead to an expensive repair Shocked

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