door lock keeps freezing up

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  1. IMContrary

    IMContrary Well-Known Member

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    I have a '96 Ford Escort and any time the temps get below freezing, the lock on the driver's side door won't unlock with the key. I can unlock from inside and then it will work, under protest, with the key. Does that stuff you spray inside the lock really work or do I just need to get the lock replaced? This has been going on for some time, but seems to be getting worse. I have sprayed graphite in the lock a time or two, but that's all I've tried. Have heard not to spray any type of oil in there (WD-40, mineral oil preparations, etc.), so hesitant to use anything like that. Suggestions? Comments? Thanks!
     
  2. Hip_Shot_Hanna

    Hip_Shot_Hanna Well-Known Member

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    Use a lock Deicer then Warm the KEY and dip it in Vasaline and work the lock to get the Vasiline well worked in warm the Key 2 or 3 times while doing this .
     

  3. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    I personally would NOT use vasoline. I would use graphite. It is what a locksmith uses.
     
  4. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    In a pinch, ask the owner of the car parked next to you if you could borrow the car's cigarette lighter. Push the hot lighter next to your keyhole. The ice will melt quickly and your key will be able to unlock your door.
     
  5. mtman

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    that is the best and it wont freeze i use it on all nuts and bolts that are outside no matter what the weather there easy to take apart
     
  6. Highground

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    Use the WD 40, it's made to displace water.
    I spray all our locks with it during the winter and have never had a problem with it.
     
  7. BobK

    BobK Well-Known Member

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    Heat the key with a lighter and it should warm the lock enough to open.
     
  8. blufford

    blufford Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If its a Ford Escort a permanent solution would be to use a little dynamite to open that door. It would save you alot of heartache down the road such as blown head gaskets and transmission problems. :p
     
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    Lock the doors on a Ford Escort ??? :rolleyes:

    WHY?
     
  10. mtman

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    :D