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Old 02-08-2010, 11:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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convertible doors freeze in cold weather, please help

Hello all,

My next problem is with freezing doors/windows. My wife's convertible doors and windows freeze when the car is kept outside. This happens to most cars, and require careful application of pressure to not rip the door handle off. But when I do get the door open, and I try to close it, it won't catch. The only solution I have is to start-up the motor, warm up the car, and let the interior heater heat the doors until they heat up and engage. Otherwise, I could start spraying chemicals into the door, which may not work either.

If I ever want to keep my car in the garage for any length of time, please help me fix this door freezing problem so I can.

I have tried treating the convertible tops foam surrounds that connect with the window. I have tried spraying lock de-icer in the door latch mechanism, which works the first time, but requires continual maintenance.

Is this a problem that bmw convertible owners just have to live with? Do I have bad seals in my doors or is this a common problem with convertibles? I have never seen this in my family's history and we have had many non-bmw convertibles that have never had this problem. Please help...
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I have a 2door coupe and my doors were working fine. That is until the cold weather came. Then all the sudden my handles were stiff and one door stopped opening unless I used the inside and outside handle at the same time with the window down. All I had to do was spray WD-40 inside the mechanism. Within in five minutes the handles and doors worked fine. Try spraying the actual latch in the door jam. I think the cold just doesn't suit well with these cars. My car had been garaged since 1992 and now its out in the cold and when I get in it, the car makes sure I know its freezing outside. It makes noises or the door wont open.
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Thanks, clean beam. Is there anything you use to treat the windows? RainX perhaps to keep them moving?
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Shirley, you cant be Serious? RainX for the windows?
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Car is sold, no longer an issue for me
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