Car door did not close in the morning.

Posted on 2009-12-29
Last Modified: 2013-11-10
I live in Chicago which is very cold now. I park on the streets. When I opened the car(Ford Taurus 2006 SE) door in the morning, i was not able to close it. When I tried to close it using electric button or tried to press the knob thing it manually, It bounced back and It was never closing. When I tried to use electric button, it was trying to close but didn't close. I didn't see much ice there. But, I sprayed de-ice through out the outer edges of the door and after 5-10 minutes, the door knob thing went down and door is closed just. It didn't fully close but I couldn't open it from outside as I went out through the passenger door and tried. There is a little bit of gap which is visible only when you look closely.  What should I do when I go in the evening to fully close the door?
Question by:srikanthrad
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    Accepted Solution

    Live in washington and know exactly what you mean when your doors wont close haha its great isnt it!?

    Best way to get them closed or how to get them working again when its cold is to stick a screw driver into the latch and move it around a bit to get it working again (might break off ice or something). You can spray a small spray of de-icer in there as well.

    You can use the same trick to get the door opening and closing again in the evening. The latch, you will have to move that "up" so it looks like when you close the door, the bracket on the side of the car will cause the latch to go down onto it and latch.
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    Assisted Solution

    It is quite possible that the problem is inside the door itself and that the moving parts need just a little lubrication, thus they get a bit sluggish in the cold. You also could have gotten some moisture that seeped in around the window.

    I would not recommend that you use deicer on the door or on external moving parts. Instead use a penetrating spray lube that will repel water, but that is not sticky (don't want to attract dirt). Avoid WD40 for that reason.

     First, with the door open, spray the latching mechanism where it goes through the door. Manually move it while spraying and wipe up the excess. You may want to work the internals by locking and unlocking the door a number of times while driving.

    If it still does not latch try parking with that door in direct sunlight for a few hours and try lubing it when warm. Even a hair dryer can help and can help remove subtle ice in the weatherstripping. You may need to pop off some of the interior panel and lube more of the mechanism.
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    Assisted Solution

    Purchased a bottle of Silicone spray from the automotive section of Walmart or hardware store.
    Open the inner pannel covering the door (it may have scews or plastic clips) , then spray all moving parts of the door locking mechanism with a silicon spray.

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