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After defrosting the car door lock twice this week, I started to ponder how 'much colder countries' cope in respect of prevention . For example, parts of Canada where I understand the temperature can be -30 degrees or lower. Probably Russia too, etc.

 

I'm not referring to how they defrost locks, but how they prevent them freezing up . I also mean in respect of there possibly  being something different with the lock design. I would guess that not everyone in these cold climates has an insulated garage. 

 

In temps of -30 degrees I can imagine a lock could freeze in the time someone returns to the car from shopping, never mind 8 hours later after work.

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years ago my old mate used to solve the problem,when it happened on leaving the pub,to go home,i will leave it at that,wouldnt be able to do it today though.with all them cameras ect.

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Squirt plenty of WD40 through the keyholes, also helps to de-frost the locks.

 

Spray or apply silcone polish onto the rubber door seals.

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I just don't lock it or leave the handbrake on although in really cold spells the door rubbers have frozen to the body of the car and a hair dryer had to be used to get the doors open , Oh the joys of living in Scandinavia !

 

 

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A drop of silicone spray works well to prevent rubbers sticking to doors.

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47 minutes ago, alchresearch said:

A drop of silicone spray works well to prevent rubbers sticking to doors.

Or a thin smear of Vaseline.

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Probably be OK for a couple of weeks.

 

Just long enough to forget and get caught again.

 

i use oil pressure can in locks.

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On 11/01/2021 at 12:39, FORE said:

Probably be OK for a couple of weeks.

 

Just long enough to forget and get caught again.

 

i use oil pressure can in locks.

Oil pressure can ???

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On 11/01/2021 at 11:08, *Wallace* said:

Or a thin smear of Vaseline.

That's precisely the stuff I use, but as there seems to be some controversy on whether petroleum products affect rubber ( I know it's not natural rubber), I avoided mentioning it!

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The article in the link of post number 2 mentions that some people use Glycerine based skin moisturiser on rubber. I don't know how easy that is to locate. Probably 20 minutes reading the ingredients labels while being perceived as suspicious  in Boots.

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14 hours ago, rudds1 said:

Oil pressure can ???

yep, oil can with nozzle & finger pump. Put nozzle into lock, seal off flap with fingers give a few pumps, then use key to lock / unlock to distribute.

 

Maybe an old 3-in-one can would suffice.

 

Are you advising not to? Or was oil preesure can not a good discription?

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