Frozen doors

Sean Ford audi_92_100cs at
Sat Feb 2 07:14:57 EST 2002

Over the past month or so, my rear passenger side door has been
unwilling to open if icy conditions exist. I generally reach around
through the front door and open it, then everything's fine. Ok, I can
live with that.

This morning, we've got ice conditions (rain last night, sudden drop in
temp overnight). My driver's door will not open, what a PITA. I reach
over from the passenger side and open it. The interior handle didn't
automatically retract; I push back in place. Ok, now the door won't
latch! Damn, my wife's CRV to the rescue.

After an hour or so, I retest the door, it still won't latch. I fiddle
with both interior and exterior handles, slam it a few times... voila!
The door will now latch.

This little experiment leads me to believe that the latching mechanism
is becoming frozen. Since this has never happened in the 5 years I've
owned the car, I have to assume that water is now getting into places
where it shouldn't.

Has anyone had this situation and also had it remedied? Is this a
simple coating issue, whereby I could spray a little graphite or deicer

Thank God this happened on a Saturday. If it had been a weekday I
would've been forced to drive with an unlatched driver's door. :(

Sean Ford
audi_92_100CS at
'92 Audi 100CS 5-spd non-q
'00 Triumph Daytona 955i
'89 Suzuki Katana 600

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