Frozen Door Parts?

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by jeff bullock, Jan 21, 2003.

  1. jeff bullock

    jeff bullock Dare to be different !!!

    Yes those lovely cold temps. just bring more joy! Got out this morning to take my son to school and go to open the passenger door from the inside,and then as I lift up on the handle I got the sudden feeling something bad just happened.Well , my assumption was correct as my son went to close the door and the door did not want to latch shut! No matter what I did ,it will not latch around the door striker.HELP!!!! What the hell just happened?I really have no clue as to what gave with my latching mechanism.Can somebody please shed some light on this subject?Anyone?? Anyone??Bueller??:Do No:
     
  2. Olds442gm-1

    Olds442gm-1 Active Member

    The mechanism that latches to the door pin inside the door is in the closed position. Here is what you do:

    Take a long and THIN flat screwdriver and depress a little tab button on top of the latch in the hole.

    there the "C" shaped locking mecanism....go at it on the side of it towards the top. Feel for the little spring loaded tab ad try to depress slightly. When pressed in push down the "C" shaped locking mechanism. It may take you a while to do, buy you will see what I'm taking about. When its down in the open position, you can close the door again. Sorry I dont have pics, but thats the best I can do on short notice.

    Larry
     
  3. Smartin

    Smartin Guest

    If it;s in the closed position, can't you just push the button like you're trying to open the door from the outside?

    I have accidentally flipped the lever into the closed position and I couldn't close the door. I freaked out and finally realized all I had to do was "open" the door.

    Just a thought.
     
  4. Olds442gm-1

    Olds442gm-1 Active Member

    If that works, great...but sometimes you have to do it the way I described too....every door is different :laugh:

    Larry
     
  5. BillMah52

    BillMah52 Well-Known Member

    Lots of Duct Tape!!!:laugh:
    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  6. jeff bullock

    jeff bullock Dare to be different !!!

    Thanks Larry I'll try that tomorrow after I get off work and maybe try to warm up the mechanism with a hair dryer a little first too.:Do No: I miss Oklahoma!:ball:
     
  7. Smartin

    Smartin Guest

    The low for Thursday here in NEGATIVE 6*. That's as cold as I've seen it here in a loooong time. I don't think I'll be digging holes on Thursday. I did today and I needed a pick axe. My wrists hurt from throwing that damn shovel into the permafrost.:gt:
     
  8. Dan K

    Dan K Well-Known Member

    I invite all of you to move down to Texas

    We had 75 degrees yesterday, and I had to drive with the windows open. We have an average of at least 5 convertible days per month in the winter. We also have long straight highways, and nice twisty ones, depending on your driving preferences.
     
  9. GSXMEN

    GSXMEN Got Jesus?

    Jeff - I can definitely sympathize with you on that one!! Several years ago, I had a car that would just drive me nuts!! Similar situation, extreme cold, door latch froze open and would not shut for anything!! :af:

    Working the latch back and forth ALOT of times (after spraying it with your favorate lube) helps after awhile...:rolleyes: Takes forever and doesn't actually FIX the problem! Keeping an extension cord and heat gun on hand speeds things up considerably!!

    As soon as you get a chance, I would take the latch mechanism out and give it a thorough cleaning and lube it up. The best lube is specifically made for latches - doesn't attract dust as much as regular stuff. You may actually have to go the junk yard and find a lower mileage latch that looks to be in good shape and just replace yours!!

    I had to do just that (and more!) on my 88 LeSabre T-Type before coming out here to CA! Wasn't much fun getting to the latch in a later model car with power windows and locks - not to mention, the FRAGILE door panels/arm rests!!:Dou: But...in the end it was worth it - the doors worked better than they ever have (at least, for me)!!!

    Find a warm place to work...and dig in!:grin:
     
  10. jeff bullock

    jeff bullock Dare to be different !!!

    I never thought I'd be grateful for temps. near 30*.Just enough to let my latch mechanism thaw out and return to normal . All I had to do was pull the door open a little and then shut it. Worked just fine first time.(note to self ) don't wash car in temps below 20*:laugh:
     

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