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Old 01-02-2010, 08:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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CAR: 97 Sable GS with power door locks.
PROBLEM: Drivers, passenger door(s) sometimes wont latch when you try to close door in cold weather
We live in midwest - COLD now - a couple of weeks ago doors were frozen shut. I got them open, then sprayed WD-40 on the latches in hopes of displacing moisture. Now sometimes (seems to happen when temp is below freezing), door wont latch when you close it.
- Is this a common problem?
- Any thoughts on how to correct this problem?
- Is this problem caused by using WD-40 on the latches? If you think so, any ideas on how to reverse the effects of the WD-40??

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Old 01-02-2010, 08:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes it's a common problem ,it's happened to me before. You might try some lock deicer it is used to thaw locks so it might keep them from freezing.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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QUOTE (b-v-mv @ Jan 2 2010, 09:10 PM)
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CAR: 97 Sable GS with power door locks.
PROBLEM: Drivers, passenger door(s) sometimes wont latch when you try to close door in cold weather
We live in midwest - COLD now - a couple of weeks ago doors were frozen shut. I got them open, then sprayed WD-40 on the latches in hopes of displacing moisture. Now sometimes (seems to happen when temp is below freezing), door wont latch when you close it.
- Is this a common problem?
- Any thoughts on how to correct this problem?
- Is this problem caused by using WD-40 on the latches? If you think so, any ideas on how to reverse the effects of the WD-40??

appreciate any feedback;


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I had the same problem from time to time on my 94 Sable. I found that lubricating the linkage does not help much. It is the water which gets into the lock motor and when it freezes, locks the slide and the linkage.
I replaced the rubber boot, sealed the working end and so far all is well, and we have had -15C here already.
To get to the motor though, requires some gimnastics.
You can try to manually move the knob and work the locks several times and it may free them, until next time...
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Last night three of my doors and three of my uncle's '07 Explorer doors all froze open, simultaneously. It was kind of funny. I started carrying a bottle of rain-x (brand varies) de-icer, so all 6 doors were shut and latched within five minutes.

Also had this happen quite often in my brother's '02 Cougar. Seems to be more of a Ford issue than just a Taurus issue.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Last night three of my doors and three of my uncle's '07 Explorer doors all froze open, simultaneously. It was kind of funny. I started carrying a bottle of rain-x (brand varies) de-icer, so all 6 doors were shut and latched within five minutes.

Also had this happen quite often in my brother's '02 Cougar. Seems to be more of a Ford issue than just a Taurus issue.[/b]
My dad's infamous chrysler sebring would occasionally need the blowdryer treatment to get the driver latch to "un-freeze"
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I had this happen to me last year in my 97. Heat and WD finally got it unstuck.

Here is my current thinking on the issue. grease solidifies in the door latch mech.
eventually when its really cold and the grease is really thick, it will jam.
WD40 is kind of a band-aid. WD and a heatgun might get you back on line.

What i would do now is try to clear the old grease out of the latch. The latch is a royal pain
to get out. Next time it happens to me, i an first going to get spray starting fluid and squirt the
hell into the latch and work it back and forth. Starting fluid is a great degreasser. Put gloves on and don't smoke..
What i did rather than close the door was to use the handle of a socket ratchet or such to work the lock claws
on the door manually rather than open and shut the door (takes the place of the door striker plate).
then when you get it unstuck (maybe with some heat latter after the starting fluid has evaporated),
then spray in the lithium grease. Its all about getting the chunks of old grease out of the inside of the lock
mech and getting some fresh in it.

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