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Drivers door frozen shut from the outside........

Dani_B19 Dec 19, 2010

  1. Dani_B19

    Dani_B19 Audi-sports own special child.

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    For the last few days, the outside door handle on my car has frozen, the car will open after you've poored hot water over it then you can here it pop open. The car will open from the inside fine but just not from the outside. Ive sprayed WD40 into the lock but its not made a difference.
    Anyone else having any trouble?
     
  2. finesse

    finesse Active Member

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    put the key in and turn and hold, should warm up, if the lock is not fked
     
  3. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    mine does it to, i think it is designed like that so you dont snap the handle
     
  4. Broken Byzan

    Broken Byzan Photographic Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User quattro Audi A4

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    Its the handle linkage inside in the way it works. Adding water is making it worse as you are giving it something to freeze.

    You need the door card off and to properly grease the link handle end.
     
  5. Speedy Steve

    Speedy Steve Active Member

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    I noticed today that mine heated up around the lock never knew that before
     
  6. S3KO4

    S3KO4 Member

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    same thing here, just used mild-hot water to loosen it up.
     
  7. jay1601

    jay1601 Well-Known Member

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    both of my A3's does this and so does my mates A4, seems to be a common fault imo
     
  8. Nilz

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :) Team Ibis TFSI Owners Group quattro Audi A4 saloon S-line owners group Manual

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    Had this on the wifes Polo today as well, eventually got the door open, then it wouldnt bloody close!!!

    Spent ages trying to get it sorted, got it done in the end, just needed warming up a bit.
     
  9. The Doctor

    The Doctor Well-Known Member

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    Does the boot open? Maybe climb in the back and open from the inside Dukes Of Hazard style :idea:?

    Or maybe just sleep in the car...:icon_thumright:?
     
  10. S3 Paul

    S3 Paul Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    Mine does it... strangely once i open and close the boot. The doors will open normaly
     
  11. jay1601

    jay1601 Well-Known Member

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    i had to do that on saturday
     
  12. bengal

    bengal Member

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    My doors have been fine. They were stuck but a bit of force and they opened no problem the boot on the other hand was frozen solid this morning it was about -14 in the night apparently. As mentioned warm water does the trick and i think de icer would work too although this might not in extreme temps.
     
  13. maxp

    maxp Member

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    Do you mean the lock itself warms when the key is turned? Is there an actual heater element inside it or have I totally misunderstood?
     
  14. ScottD3

    ScottD3 I want your faulty electronics Supporter Team V6 quattro Audi A8 Audi S8 saloon Team Akoya TDi

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    I was unable to open the door on my B5 today.
    It would open from the inside with out any issues or signs of sticking.
    trying to open from the outside again nothing.

    Drove to work and all is fine.

    feature or fault?
    I've never had this problem before.
     
  15. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V8 Audi S5 s tronic

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    I took it as the rubber edge was frozen to the body as when I pushed it from inside it snapped and opened
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2010
  16. jojo

    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator Team Daytona Audi S3 quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    ^^This, I poured a bit of warm water over the rubber seal where it meets the A-pillar/roof, and it just popped open easily afterwoods.
     

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