[200q20v] Help with frozen locks

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Sat Jan 13 20:27:57 EST 2001

I put tape over the locks if I'm spray washing in the winter.  I've used 
the lock-thaw sprays you can get at most auto parts outlets, but I've read 
and experienced that they tend to wash the lubricants out of your locks, 
making them harder and harder to operate and, eventually, causing early 
wear.  I used to spray WD40 about once a month (its lubricants tend to dry 
out), but this winter I used a lubricant spray that includes some teflon, 
and I've felt no need to respray so far.

At 12:28 AM 01/14/2001 +0100, Mike & Tanya Atkisson wrote:

>What can I do to keep the locks from freezing up??
>After getting off work tonight and getting to my car, I could not get the
>key into the locks.  The drivers side would go almost all of the way in, but
>I could not get it to turn.  I went to the passengers side and got the key
>all the way in, but it wouldn't turn either.  I kept putting my hands on the
>metal lock to try and thaw out the locks and finally got the passengers side
>lock to turn.
>Once I got in the car and got it running, my climate control showed it was
>25 degrees outside.  I checked a couple of weeks ago and my car does not
>have heated door locks or windshield washers.
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