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Old 01-02-2014, 06:16 PM   #1
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Anyone else's doors not open?

This extreme cold is making the doors on my coupe not work. Pulling on the door handle from inside or outside does nothing. At one point I considered getting out through the window or sunroof .

The windows work so it's not frozen to the rubber seal. I just don't feel the door pull cable engaging anything. Just pulls freely.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:31 PM   #2
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I had it happen on my car last winter, ripped the door seals off when I finally got it to open.

They were frozen, sprayed them down with silicone and it didn't happen again.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:29 PM   #3
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Just had the same problem yesterday.

Drivers side door on my 330 just wouldn't open. Window would go down fine, so it wasn't stuck there... and handles on the outside and inside would just pull freely. I got in/out of the passenger door (which thankfully was working) until the problem resolved itself today!

Weird. Must have had something to do with the extreme cold we had here (-40C).
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:57 PM   #4
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Aaaaand it's stuck shut again.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:08 AM   #5
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Sorry to hear.

Anyone have any ideas why the door handles don't engage at all?
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:53 AM   #6
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its moisture. leave your car indoors somewhere for a few hours and let it dry out
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:07 AM   #7
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its moisture. leave your car indoors somewhere for a few hours and let it dry out
+1 and put something on the door seals so it doesnt stick
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:32 AM   #8
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it's the door lock latch is frozen , u have to get all the moisture out and bomb it with a mild oil not grease as the grease will make it hang up. park your car indoors for couple of hours and spray some brake cleaner to get kill the water not to much and don't work you door locks till all the brake clean is gone or less u might smoke your actuator . or if u don't wanna risk with brake clean just bomb it will some penetrating oil

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Old 01-04-2014, 01:15 PM   #9
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dont use oil on the latching mechanism, use lithium (white) grease
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:16 AM   #10
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My gas door on my E90 wouldn't open yesterday. I had a range of 15-20 and couldn't get the damn door open. Funny thing is, the guy behind me at the other pump was a BMW service mechanic at Endras and he seen me having problems getting it opened. So he comes over opens my trunk, and pulls the gas release from the inside and still nothing. I had to drive it on the fumes to work where I threw some hot water on it to melt the ice around the mechanism.

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Old 01-08-2014, 10:24 PM   #11
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My windows won't roll down...sucks when you find out at a tim hortons drive thru
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:38 AM   #12
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dont use oil on the latching mechanism, use lithium (white) grease
THAT, didn't work for me!!!!

All 4 doors were frozen on the Alfa for 2 days!!!!!!!!!!
99% alcohol being sprayed liberally, a hair dryer and a lot of persistence is what worked!!

My S Class trunk was frozen for 2 days too!!!!

I HATE CANADIAN WINTER!!!
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^^^ Usually frozen doors comes from people that like to wash their cars in the winter and/or the incorrect grease for the door latches.

If it's below 0 or going to go below 0 don't wash your car unless you like to deal with these issues.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:45 AM   #14
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^^^ Usually frozen doors comes from people that like to wash their cars in the winter and/or the incorrect grease for the door latches.

If it's below 0 or going to go below 0 don't wash your car unless you like to deal with these issues.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:59 PM   #15
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You can get away from stuck doors by using 1Z gummi flege on the rubber seals.

It's quite good.

Never pour hot water in the cold- you can deform or crack the plastic parts and hurt finish - better take ttc once in a while vs having to perform paint correction down the road)

1Z also has de-icer spray for windows.
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