Door handles..

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Themoog2
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Door handles..

Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:05 am

Anyone else having to get the heat gun out to defrost the door handles so you can get in the car?
Having broken them before I don't fancy having to replace one again..
What are my options to stop them freezing internally? They are coated with grease / WD 40 but somehow they are still freezing up.
Leslie
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Re: Door handles..

Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:45 pm

My Passenger one on the e70 this morn opened fine just wouldn't latch again and had to wait 10 mins with engine on till it thawed before i could move off :headbang: , bloody annoying and our focus does exactly the same on both front doors .
I put plenty of wd40 in so will see if its any better tomorrow .
I wonder if water is getting in past the glass seal ?
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Re: Door handles..

Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:01 pm

We were -8 last night and as always the drivers door would not open so open rear door and reach in an pull driver door handle was told the cure is to get in at the lock and smother it in grease
mr angry
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Re: Door handles..

Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:17 pm

I have just recently replaced my drivers door mech with a cheap ebay item....it lasted a month and gone again..what a crap design
Smarty10
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Re: Door handles..

Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:54 am

I had the same problem the other morning, I take a bottle of warm water and and pour over the handle leave untill u defrost the rest of car then should be defrosted 🤞👍
buzz
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Re: Door handles..

Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:53 am

Towel and bin liner trapped in top of door and draped over handle......looks crap but effective and stops the door seal from freezing together too. Failing that a zip lock bag half filled with hot water held over handle works.....
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Re: Door handles..

Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:19 am

Smarty10 wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:54 am
I had the same problem the other morning, I take a bottle of warm water and and pour over the handle leave untill u defrost the rest of car then should be defrosted 🤞👍
I do the same but with a kettle full of water, works every time

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