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Old 11-30-2012, 04:45 PM   #21
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:46 PM   #22
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This happened to me once in SoCal on my E39 driver's door.it was so cold that morning there was ICEES ON ME CAR!
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:02 PM   #23
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Yesterday our Mazda's key slot on the door handle froze. You couldn't twist the key once it was in there.

Sprayed it with Brake Cleaner and cha-ching.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:01 PM   #24
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You seriously can't just rip it open? Unless there's like 1/2" layer of ice on it you should be able to throw all your might into it.
Like someone said before try wiping down the door sill before you close it to get rid of moisture.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:02 PM   #25
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Yesterday our Mazda's key slot on the door handle froze. You couldn't twist the key once it was in there.

Sprayed it with Brake Cleaner and cha-ching.
Lol NOT a good idea. Spraying brake cleaner on paint is the equivalent of raping it with sandpaper.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:09 PM   #26
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Yesterday our Mazda's key slot on the door handle froze. You couldn't twist the key once it was in there.

Sprayed it with Brake Cleaner and cha-ching.
I wouldn't use brake cleaner on a bmw. The vapor barrier is styrofoam and I'm pretty sure that would dissolve it. I think the lock de-icers are mostly alcohol.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:39 PM   #27
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I take it that the door was frozen to the seal. In that case -> clean the seal and apply "gummi-pflege". That stuff repels water. No water - no frozen door.

Frozen windows (somebody mentioned that too):

When the windows wont go down (on coupes and convertibles) they are usually frozen to the window seal right behind the trim. What I usally do is spray WINTER-windshield-washer-fluid on the seal (cheap -> 5 Liter = 3 Euros). I always keep a spray bottle filled with that stuff in the trunk because I also use that stuff to de-ice the windshield and the windows. I hate to scratch the ice off because it can leave scratch marks on the glass (you wont see scratches during wintertime cause its dark but you will notice the scratches in the summer). In case of emergency (like when you dont have washer fluid handy) you can also use a credit card to sperate the seal from the window - you can imagine how. Ive done that a couple of times, too.

Last year I "treated" the windows (around the area that touches the seal) with the same stuff I put on my windshield (to repell water). It helped quite a bit.

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:49 PM   #28
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Yesterday our Mazda's key slot on the door handle froze. You couldn't twist the key once it was in there.

Sprayed it with Brake Cleaner and cha-ching.
It's acceptable to spray a Mazda with Brake Cleaner.

But if you want to spray your E46, you might want to spray a lighter first!!
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:22 AM   #30
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Haha most people misunderstand. It was the latch that was frozen not the key lock, or the edges of the door.

I could turn the key, I could roll down the window, however when I pulled on the door release inside or out the latch on the side of the door where it connects to cassis would not release so essentially the door was frozen locked.
This morning I went over it with a hari dryer for about 30 min and it finally released now I am off to find some grease spray stuff to put in there to stop this happening again.

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Old 12-01-2012, 09:32 AM   #31
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Lol NOT a good idea. Spraying brake cleaner on paint is the equivalent of raping it with sandpaper.
It was way too cold for me to care.

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I wouldn't use brake cleaner on a bmw. The vapor barrier is styrofoam and I'm pretty sure that would dissolve it. I think the lock de-icers are mostly alcohol.
Definitely not on my BMW

It was on a cheap Mazda Tribute, winter beater. Getting rid of it come Spring-time.

Also, sprayed just enough to allow me to get into the car. The paint is fine....
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