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Old 01-02-2010, 07:34 AM   #1
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Any solutions to prevent a frozen lock?

The temps have been in the teens off and on for past month. Every time I try to unlock the AS the "lock" is frozen. The keys do not even turn. I end up getting out a hair dryer and warming up the handle/key set til it opens.

Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas how I can prevent this from happening? There is no ice or water on the exterior of the lock when it will not open.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-02-2010, 08:03 AM   #2
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Try WD-40. It will displace any moisture inside the lock. It only takes a tiny bit of moisture to freeze. Very cold in Michigan this morning.....Tim
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:41 AM   #3
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:59 AM   #4
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Teens ABOVE zero? That would be a heat wave here this morning - it was -17 degrees at 0900 (yes, that's seventeen below zero. My dad would say "it's colder than a welldiggers butt. Mom would say: "Ira, don't talk like that in front of the children.). I have no desire to go outside to even TRY the locks! But I would agree with WD40 or some other lock antifreeze - works here. Try to protect your locks from getting the brunt of the weather too, if possible - some type of shield if you get ice storms. They can wreck havoc with locks, then it is time to use the hair dryer!

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Time Out on the WD40! It is oil based and does very little to penetrate frost and keep it out for long after you've treated. The best techs I've talked to stand by using LPS-1 (liquid polymer silicone) -- it is water based and what I've used for 15-20 years on locks. It works great in subzero conditions! You can find it by browsing a bit longer in the lubricant section at your hardware or auto supply store. It comes in a spray can just like the WD40. Don't get the LPS-3 -- that's light oil based just like the WD40.

Whirlaway - Do you have trouble with the whole opening mechanism? Many of us have experienced that the internal door latch mechanism is minimally lubricated by the OEM. It ends up getting harder and harder to open, close or latch effectively. Next time your door is open it wouldn't hurt to stick the LPS-1 tube into some of the openings on the edge of the latch and spray around inside the mechanism.

Kay, it was minus 24 here in St Cloud when I got up this morning. Any colder and I'll have to wear a jacket outside...
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Canoestream-thanks for the tip. LPS-1 I will look for it at my hardware....Tim
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:42 PM   #7
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Great advice!!!

Thanks for the heads up on the #1 and #3 I would of just grabbed for the can.

I believe the lock is difficult under good conditions to open I will try spraying the side of the lock too. I just thought that's the way it was going to be...
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Other threads on the topic of main door latches on newer Airstreams:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...hut-37154.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...ing-27193.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...oor-36890.html

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Thanks Bob, for jumping in quick on the no thanks for WD-40. The previous owner of my Wrangler thought WD-40 was the thing for locks. It took three separate times of taking off the door panel and cleaning the mechnisim with carb cleaner to get the locks to work and stay working. They were so gummed up I could not unlock even on a warm day. Liquid silicone or LPS-1, or G-96 for me.
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AH, thanks for the warning, Canoestream. I never knew that about WD40. We'll look for the LPS-1 also.
You can keep the -24 degrees. You're closer to the arctic circle than we are! Although, we've figured out after living here for 28 years, that once you hit -15 or so, it's just cold. There's no difference in how you feel after you walk outside with -15 or -30. You just warn the kids not to run anywhere.

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No to WD-40

This forum is a wonder of experience. I would and have gone with WD-40 in a heart beat. I'm really glad to hear there is something much better. Another example of the power of this forum. I thought is was cold in Michigan today 4 degrees above. Not sure how I would handle -20 or so. I don't think I will be over in your area til spring......Tim
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In a pinch, go to the medicine cabinet, and grab that bottle of rubbing alcohol. There is the 70% and the 90%, the 90% is better (more alcohol). If you have one, put the alcohol in a spray bottle, and squirt directly into the hole for the key.
It may take a couple of applications, but it will "thaw" the water in the tumblers.
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What CanoeStream said.

Also, it is often more practical to heat the key than to heat the lock.
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