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Old 21-12-2009   #16
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Re: Can't open doors from outside when it's freezing

i just did the door handle removing trick (see picture above) and was able to lubricate both cables left and right by lifting the mechanism with a screwdriver and spraying a graphite-based thin oil on the cable whilst moving it up and down to get the oil into the cable.
No more problems with frozen door handle cables - it's definately worth the effort ! (just half an hour for both sides...)
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Re: Can't open doors from outside when it's freezing

I was locked out this morning, due to frozen rain, although hatch still opened.

Most impressive part was my 7 year old battery starting 1st time although getting the 'loose connection' message.

On board computer clearly not happy about voltage levels
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Re: Can't open doors from outside when it's freezing

And I thought it was just my car with this fault Its put a smile on my face knowing that everyone has to climb through the boot lol.
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i climbed through the boot monday morning, forced the drivers door open from the inside but still knackered up the door mechanism, had to drive to work holding the door shut then pay 150 for a local garage to fit a new mech whilst i was in work, in future if the door handles frozen up i wont touch it, will just walk to work instead!
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i climbed through the boot monday morning, forced the drivers door open from the inside but still knackered up the door mechanism, had to drive to work holding the door shut then pay 150 for a local garage to fit a new mech whilst i was in work, in future if the door handles frozen up i wont touch it, will just walk to work instead!
or just take a jug of warm water out with you in the morning and poor it over the handle and door above the handle and gently work the handle and it will unfreeze and let you open the door
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Re: Can't open doors from outside when it's freezing

read post 16 - it only cost me half an hour to lubricate both cables from the door handles and my doors now open up without any problem after a freezing night !
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or just take a jug of warm water out with you in the morning and poor it over the handle and door above the handle and gently work the handle and it will unfreeze and let you open the door
yeah but as i think has been previuosly mentioned... pouring water on might solve your immediate problem but its only gonna make it even worse the next day, ive now gone for the wrapping a tea towel round the door handle at night method... and ive got a hot water bottle to hold against the handle area to hopefully do the trick of de-frostring!
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... pouring water on might solve your immediate problem but its only gonna make it even worse the next day...
Quite so - using hot water in really cold conditions is a seriously bad idea - not least because you turn the ground into a skating rink

Better to use a proprietary defrost spray or better still, stop the door from freezing in the 1st place (with a silicone spray as already mentioned and/or application of glycerin to door rubbers)
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Quite so - using hot water in really cold conditions is a seriously bad idea - not least because you turn the ground into a skating rink

Better to use a proprietary defrost spray or better still, stop the door from freezing in the 1st place (with a silicone spray as already mentioned and/or application of glycerin to door rubbers)
I'm not saying it is the way to do it.
But some people don't have the confidence or know how to take door cards off as it can be a fiddly job and can quite easily break the little clips.
It's just a option for these people that can't for the let's face it all of about 1 week a year it actuall freezes over here.
Only had to defrost mine 3 maybe 4 times and been fine since.
Also prevents you from breaking the mechanism whilst trying to get in to do the job.
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I'm not saying it is the way to do it.
But some people don't have the confidence or know how to take door cards off as it can be a fiddly job and can quite easily break the little clips.
Fair comment, we're not all minded to try a fix or equipped to try it.

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It's just a option for these people that can't for the let's face it all of about 1 week a year it actuall freezes over here.
That may well be true in Huddersfield, but it's not true across the UK - to be fair It is an option, but a poor one IMHO for use when all else fails!
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Re: Can't open doors from outside when it's freezing

Ok, I had a quick try at this.

Took the back plug out, undid the bolt. This allowed to take the lock and handle out but... I couldn't see the cables you are talking about?
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Re: Can't open doors from outside when it's freezing

you have to put a screwdriver in the opening of the door handle and lever the mechanism outward (just like you would pull at the handle) - you will then see the cable being lifted upward if you look in the opening , someone helping with a torch shining is a great help....
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Re: Can't open doors from outside when it's freezing

any chance of the next person to do this getting some pictures up and making a step by step for the guide sections.i did my back in shovelling snow this week but may be able to try next week if i can. is the door card removal necessary for lubrication of the cable to the door handle or is it all done from the outside?also im guessing the lube needs to be directed into the cable end by a straw on the spraycan?had trouble with drivers door only all winter so far but wasnt that bothered as could climb over from pasanger side, not so easy now though.
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Re: Can't open doors from outside when it's freezing

yellowstilo did you have to rotate your handle 90* to remove or did they pull out straight like mine?
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the description on the Elearn cd mentions the 90 degr. turn of the handle whilst removing it - because the pivoting end can't be turned this is nearly impossible...
because the notch on the inner side of the handle catches in a plastic angled part it would be easier if turning would be possible but i also had to pull the handle outward without turning it.
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