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Old 03-11-2013, 08:31 AM
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Default Freezing doors, locks and rollups

I have a 2009 sport ranger and live in Cambridge Ontario. I have done some forum searches and while I have found assorted posts for individual problems my doors seem to routinely do their best to keep me out if the weather is damp and drops below freezing. Lock cylinders freeze up and wont turn, rollup windows freeze shut and doors freeze to the weather stripping. I have never owned another vehicle in 40 years of ownership that was like this. Makes me wonder if there's some quality issues with the rubber. I have tried all sorts of remedies including the stuff on various posts but everything is temporary at best. I have to carry a can of lock de-icer in my lunch pail so I wont get locked out at work. Locks are my main concern. De-icer works best but I need to keep the water out. Is there a specific lock lube? I have tried silicone spray. I have also stopped going to the car wash months ago. Made no difference.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:15 AM
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For the locks you can try graphite maybe that'll help, the rubber try a silicone spray, if that doesnt work a little trick i use is bow string wax and run it on, i had good experience with it
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:03 AM
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I haven't had much luck with the silicon spray on the weather strip or the locks. I have found that rubbing some liquid car wax on the window weather strip helps somewhat. I haven't tried it on the door strip though. Might be a good idea.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:24 AM
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Try it, im just saying i used bow string wax for archery and try the graphite
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:30 AM
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I have the same problem (with the doors freezing shut). Thankfully I have a 'small, narrow' carport that I park the truck under. Truck fits easily enough, just have to watch very carefully and make sure I don't smack the outside mirrors when backing in. I think the problem is inherent with how the trucks were made. The door rounds into the top of the roof. On my 66 F-100, the roof overhung the door, and there was even a drip rail. Rangers aren't like this.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:46 AM
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Yeah, it's not just a Ranger problem. I've got an '03 Chevy Blazer and an '04 Dodge Stratus, and if it rains on them and then gets cold enough to freeze at night, the doors are a PITA to get open on all of them.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:09 AM
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I park outside. I've had good success with the silicon spray - just spray into a rag and wipe done the rubber door moulding. You might have to do this once a week when its wet and freezing overnight. I also clean/wipe-down the door frame that touches the moulding whenever I go to the spray wash (once a month average).

When there's been a buildup of snow/ice on the windows, I have experienced trouble with the glass frozen to the window trim. Rare for me though so I haven't tried silicon spray in the window moulding channel; although I've read that this works well.

I don't have a problem with my locks. Maybe water is getting in there in your case?
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:17 AM
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I have a 2009 sport ranger and live in Cambridge Ontario. I have done some forum searches and while I have found assorted posts for individual problems my doors seem to routinely do their best to keep me out if the weather is damp and drops below freezing. Lock cylinders freeze up and wont turn, rollup windows freeze shut and doors freeze to the weather stripping. I have never owned another vehicle in 40 years of ownership that was like this. Makes me wonder if there's some quality issues with the rubber. I have tried all sorts of remedies including the stuff on various posts but everything is temporary at best. I have to carry a can of lock de-icer in my lunch pail so I wont get locked out at work. Locks are my main concern. De-icer works best but I need to keep the water out. Is there a specific lock lube? I have tried silicone spray. I have also stopped going to the car wash months ago. Made no difference.
I am from Cambridge as well and had the same sort if issue because of my Thule roof rack, I just took vasoline and spread it over the weather stripping and it seemed to solve the problem. Also make sure the stripping isn't cracked or falling off, that could be the issue aswell
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:56 PM
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Default Re: Freezing doors, locks and rollups

I've never had a problem with the windows/locks, but even when it starts to snow just a little my doors will freeze shut. I've always used vegetable oil/olive oil around the weather stripping, just wipe it on with a rag or paper towel when you have the door open and it shouldn't freeze the next day.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:40 PM
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Wax coat on door/roof area paint and shake the white lithium grease spray can like crazy and spray on a rag and coat all rubber seals. Also spray white lithium grease in the key and rape the lock back and forth a couple of times and lock and unlock using key. Take out key spray more on keyy and rape the lock again
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:48 PM
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:59 PM
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Silicon the seals, it works for me also it wont work very well if the lube does not contain a lot of silicon. And as far as frozen locks get a can of starting fluid with a straw and give the lock the smallest squirt possible and the i sprayed silicon in my lock (small amount) and the starting fluid thins the silicon so it does not harden up. I did this to the truck when I first got it and no more frozen locks, but i do need to re wipe the seals with silicon. Hope it helps chicago gets pretty cold too lol


Ps i hope you know lock deicer is alcohol
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:09 PM
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Default Re: Freezing doors, locks and rollups

I leave my window cracked a little (1/8") don't lock the doors, and vasoline the door seals.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:36 AM
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Default Re: Freezing doors, locks and rollups

Thanks for all the great suggestions. At least I have a pool of ideas to work from. Got frozen out again last night :P
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