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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 12-10-2005, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs down Frozen locks

I know there was already a thread about this a while back but i just want to make sure before i freak out

My truck lock froze last night and i was wondering if this could possibly do any permenent damage to my Locking system?

sort of a newb question but i decided to ask anyway
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Not really, man. Happens all the time. Not much to worry about...


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sorry, TRUNK locks my bad

hit the C instead of the N ha ha

oh yea and I and i thawd them out and they work just fine

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Does sylicone spray help with prevent frozen locks... as H2O can't stick to sylicone....

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i think the best way to fix it is to heat your key and then stick it in
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Heating a key multiple times degenerates the strength of the material... I'd stay away from that...

Try some sprays... that know how to keep it from freezing.. I'm sure they make a liquid for this problem... as there is most anything nowadays...

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theres a graphite like crap you can spray in your locks to keep them from freezing, and unfreezes them if they are frozen. you can get em at any auto store. its happened to me plenty of times..
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and what might this "crap" be called?
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Hmmmmm.... Heat it up and stick it in Eh? I think I am beginning to LIKE the concept of "Thawing a frozen lock!"

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Go get laid already. jk.

Back on topic...

Les, Silicone spray is a common lube in door locks, however, it can gel up if temperatures get too cold.

Graphite spray is good, but if the lock is frozen, it won't thaw it out. Your best bet in that case is to purchase a small tube of De-Icer, an aerosol-based ice remover. They sell them in most hardware stores, as well as auto parts stores. And some are even small enough you can hang them from your keys.

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Anyone ever think LOCK DE ICER comes in a little can works great and you can even keep it in your coat pocket
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the cooking shit PAM also works it won't let water group together/freeze
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I had a terrible time with the latch mechanisms on my first E30 in the winter..... the latches would freeze open after I'd open the door, so the door wouldn't really shut--only bounced off the striker (seemed to only do it single digit temps and below).... ended up using a hair dryer on them for a couple minutes at a time....

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The trunk lock on my e30 gets frozen as well (I live in Maine).

I have yet to find a way to fix it, and I've found that lock de-icer is hit or miss, my girlfriend's Jetta (scoff) continued to not let her into the car after a good amount of time with the de-icer. The good thing is my doors don't ice up, so I can at least get into the car.

I don't think it can 'cause any permanent damage, my car is 15 years young and it's been through that many Maine winters and still manages to open fine (when it's not iced up).

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