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Frustrating: Frozen Locks on Car - Any suggestions?
01-11-2015, 09:10 PM #31
Octo Mother Superior
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Oh gawd, the other night none of the doors would shut lmao.gif We both had to hold them shut while driving till the car thawed enough to accept the doors shutting. 13.gif
01-11-2015, 09:14 PM #32
White Ribbon call me
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maybe you guys should get a dog sled and have mason pull you along??
01-11-2015, 09:18 PM #33
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Mason says eff off. chuckle.gif
01-11-2015, 09:20 PM #34
Mason Helpdesk Dog
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(01-11-2015, 09:18 PM)Shadow Wrote:  Mason says eff off. chuckle.gif

01-11-2015, 09:31 PM #35
White Ribbon call me
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you cant just let that dog be some sort of yard ornament, he needs to earn his keep.. chuckle.gif

01-11-2015, 09:36 PM #36
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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He earns his keep, like if I'm taking a nap on a Sunday and a squirrel comes in the yard, by god I want him to wake me up by screaming as loud as he can.

01-11-2015, 09:37 PM #37
Octo Mother Superior
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Actually he's a pretty good guard dog. We can leave the car unlocked with Mason in it, he's like a rabid chihuahua if someone approaches the car that isn't us.
01-11-2015, 10:07 PM #38
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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(01-11-2015, 09:10 PM)Octo Wrote:  Oh gawd, the other night none of the doors would shut lmao.gif We both had to hold them shut while driving till the car thawed enough to accept the doors shutting. 13.gif

lmao.gif Yeah, it's a real bitch on the turns. Unless you're brave enough to tie the bastard closed with your neck scarf ~ even then it will thump like a three legged dog.
01-11-2015, 10:23 PM #39
Cynicalabsurdance Member
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go to the Crafts Store

buy a brick of floral arrangement clay

Take the interior door panel off

tear a chunk of the clay off and flatten it

on the back side of the door latch , cover it with the molding clay

while at it , push into the wafers of the lock some axle grease
from the back side of the lock .
then cover the lock cylinder with the molding clay and work the lock
back and forth so the rod cuts a grove for travel in the clay .

On a freeze out

The problem is not a frozen lock cylinder alone

the door latch to body hook is also frozen ,
heating the cylinder alone will not melt the ice

Propane torch in the gap of the door jam at the latch,,, and WA-LAAAA

do not worry about melting any plastic parts

for you will be turning the key as you heat the latch .

the toggle at the latch for the lock is what gets stuck too

so you have to get heat to that area as I just illustrated .

Once open
Follow the Molding Clay process and you should not have the
problem again.

OR ,,,,,,

Move to Sunny Southern California and ride the transit there .
01-11-2015, 10:29 PM #40
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Or back to FL, like I keep sayin'. It's pretty hardcore in Jan - Feb around here.

01-12-2015, 11:29 PM #41
US nli Incognito Anonymous
We have the same temps here right now, but the car I have now has no problems opening or starting. But, the last car I had only the driver's side lock would freeze up, then I would try the passenger side, which always opened. So, try both locks first before going for the antifreeze.
01-13-2015, 12:57 AM #42
Octo Mother Superior
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Well, we got it sorted out. I mentioned to a friend today we spent the day trying to open the car doors, she was like f*uck we drove around a whole day without being able to shut the doors the other day.
Took the car in to have the muffler replaced today and the guy at the garage lol'd when I asked him not to leave the car outside overnight, give it a chance to thaw. Apparently a whole bunch of people had car lock problems. The weather has been going between rain and -15C a few times and is causing some issues.
01-13-2015, 01:03 AM #43
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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We walked in it at a very brisk pace tonight. The air is so cold, it becomes uncomfortable to breathe. It's fresh though. chuckle.gif

01-13-2015, 01:06 AM #44
Octo Mother Superior
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Brisk pace? That's putting it mildly... It was borderlining superhuman batboy.jpg
01-13-2015, 02:26 AM #45
Screaming Yellow Zonkers Member
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When I worked on the ambulance, our locks would freeze in bad weather.
We had access to needles and syringes, so it was easy for us.
You need plain old rubbing alcohol.
We would draw up at least five ccs of it in a syringe, and jam the needle into the lock hole, as best we could, then shoot the alcohol into the lock. If it remained stubborn, do it again.
We never had to do it more than twice. Which was rare. It usually opened after one infusion of alcohol




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