1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

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

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Dani_B19, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. Dani_B19
    Offline

    Dani_B19 Audi-sports own special child.

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Messages:
    7,304
    Likes Received:
    91
    [Dec 19, 2010]
    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?
    #1
  2. Ads

    Ads

    [Dec 27, 2014]

  3. finesse
    Offline

    finesse Active Member VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2006
    Messages:
    2,811
    Likes Received:
    10
    [Dec 19, 2010]
    put the key in and turn and hold, should warm up, if the lock is not fked
    #2
  4. s3dave
    Offline

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    10,120
    Likes Received:
    729
    [Dec 19, 2010]
    mine does it to, i think it is designed like that so you dont snap the handle
    #3
  5. Broken Byzan
    Online

    Broken Byzan Photographic Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2004
    Messages:
    12,778
    Likes Received:
    325
    [Dec 19, 2010]
    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.
    #4
  6. Speedy Steve
    Offline

    Speedy Steve Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Messages:
    1,250
    Likes Received:
    8
    [Dec 19, 2010]
    I noticed today that mine heated up around the lock never knew that before
    #5
  7. S3KO4
    Offline

    S3KO4 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2009
    Messages:
    850
    Likes Received:
    2
    [Dec 19, 2010]
    same thing here, just used mild-hot water to loosen it up.
    #6
  8. jay1601
    Offline

    jay1601 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2010
    Messages:
    1,259
    Likes Received:
    34
    [Dec 19, 2010]
    both of my A3's does this and so does my mates A4, seems to be a common fault imo
    #7
  9. Nilz
    Offline

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :)

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2006
    Messages:
    10,379
    Likes Received:
    470
    [Dec 19, 2010]
    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.
    #8
  10. The Doctor
    Offline

    The Doctor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,317
    Likes Received:
    129
    [Dec 20, 2010]
    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:?
    #9
  11. S3 Paul
    Offline

    S3 Paul Well-Known Member Regional Rep

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2006
    Messages:
    2,782
    Likes Received:
    73
    [Dec 20, 2010]
    Mine does it... strangely once i open and close the boot. The doors will open normaly
    #10
  12. jay1601
    Offline

    jay1601 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2010
    Messages:
    1,259
    Likes Received:
    34
    [Dec 20, 2010]
    i had to do that on saturday
    #11
  13. bengal
    Offline

    bengal Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2010
    Messages:
    537
    Likes Received:
    1
    [Dec 20, 2010]
    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.
    #12
  14. maxp
    Offline

    maxp Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2010
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Dec 22, 2010]
    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?
    #13
  15. ScottD3
    Offline

    ScottD3 I want your faulty electronics Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2010
    Messages:
    15,231
    Likes Received:
    1,058
    [Dec 22, 2010]
    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.
    #14
  16. voorhees
    Offline

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2005
    Messages:
    15,351
    Likes Received:
    1,317
    [Dec 22, 2010]
    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
    #15
  17. jojo
    Online

    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2003
    Messages:
    26,720
    Likes Received:
    2,020
    [Dec 22, 2010]
    ^^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.
    #16

Share This Page