Frozen door locks.

Discussion in 'The Caboose' started by Gil Finn, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    :curse: Why is it when your car doors freeze shut, it is always the front seat doors?

    I had to use a back seat door to get something out of my car just a bit a go and the doors are frozen shut.

    Forcing them generally tears up the rubber seals molding.

    I work at it a while and I get a back door open, climb over the seats, no easy trick and then couldn't get back out. I pulled the door shut behind me and it was frozen also and wouldn't reopen.

    I had to drive around 30 minutes before they thawed enough to open again.

    It is about 10* with the wind blowing.

    I was of course in a bath robe and slippers.
  2. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Use a little silicone lubricant on the rubber seals. Keeps them pliable and they won't freeze.
  3. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Good idea. It rained then the temp drooped with in hours and everthing here is ice covered.

    The doors were frozen shut and the locks as well.
  4. nachoman

    nachoman Guest


    it's sunny and warm in southern arizona today. :)

  5. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Wait untill July and see who is laughing....sign1
  6. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Gil you are lucky that it wasn't a 2 door.....frozen door locks in WV????? What happened to global warming???

  7. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    throw this in the liberal global warming lovers faces ! LOL,here in ohio its even colder,i think its almost 1 degree with wind!although this ice was fun for little kids some little girl actually DIED from the ice when a whole freakin tree fell on her!who new snow and ice are earths most powerful weapons.

    P.S ive got remote start muhahaha!warm cars on entry,no more frozen butts for me!
  8. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    another trick is to smear the rubber seals with glycerine (glycerol). Cheap to get and works like a charm.

    If you want you can apply it to your tires, too. They become black and glossy - just like a car in a dealer's showroom. :D

  9. Torpedo

    Torpedo Member

    I have seen glygerine recommneded in factory service manuals. I believe it is the preferrred door seal lubricant.
  10. MadModeler

    MadModeler Member

    You're lucky Gil. All four doors on my Tempo would freeze solid.:curse: Not a pleasant situation when you're trying to get to work.

    As for my pickup, the passenger would freeze and the Jimmy had only one rear (passenger door) freeze up.

    My mechanic suggested the same stuff for the doors. Good luck!
  11. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    After the last couple of weeks we had here, I'm inclined to believe it's a myth perpetuated by Greenpeace and other environmental groups to aid their continuing efforts to shut down the oil companies.
  12. joesho

    joesho Member

    soo true,month and a half ago it was -7 and wind chill and im in bc,woo yaa get out the bathing suite sooo warm,NOT:rolleyes: :D :rolleyes: :D :wave: sign1 jawdrop :p
  13. zedob

    zedob Member

    It's going the same way as the global cooling they claimed was happening in the 60's. Bunch of hype. Not to say there isn't a trend, but I don't believe in the 9/11 conspiracy theory either. I saw that it was warmer in Alaska than in the Midwest the other day, so there might be something there. No doubt that people should be good shepards of the earth, atleast do our share to keep it spinning as we found it. We are just visiting, right. Eh, we'll probably get waxed by an exploding comet anyway.:D

    We've actually been lucky when it comes to vile weather, this year. No real problems with ice.

    Gil! Get some warmer clothes. That must have been a sight.:thumb:
  14. corwinktbt

    corwinktbt Old-time steam.

    We've had warm winters around here for the last few years, but we made up for it this year. Nov 30/Dec 1 we had an ice storm that knocked out power for a half million people in the St. Louis area. I hadn't put silicon on my doors at that time, but it wouldn't have done me any good. At least one and a half inches of ice/freezing rain on my truck. I spent a day and a half chipping away at it before I could get in and that was only because it finally went over the freezing point. And I did think about using a heater or hair dryer (for about a 1/10th second). No power. Sigh! Although I did get some structure/rolling stock construction done, I had a static display for almost a week. But boy did I run trains when the power came back.

    All that ice made me feel for the guys who had to get trains moving before the 20th century when a big blizzard could shut down the railroads for days. And you think your driveway is long. How about being on a track gang assigned to shovel out a couple miles of track? They had to be made of sterner stuff back then.
  15. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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