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Old 12-23-2004, 10:17 PM   #1
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Son has a 93 Daytona. The door latch assembly is always freezing and then the door won't shut. Door locks work fine, but the door won't latch or stay closed until the car warms up inside enough to thaw the latch mechanism. This is not real good driving down the road trying to hold the door closed and shift a 5 speed at the same time.
We have tried to spray deicer up under the handle and on the exposed latch on the door (this seem to work the best) but this doesn't prevent it from happening again, and sometimes this doesn't even work. Anyone else have this problem? Anyone have a solution for this? Thanks for any help.

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Old 12-23-2004, 10:44 PM   #2
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That's funny as mine did the same thing the other day. It was 15 deg's outside that day. I just drove the convertable that day. It warmed up later in the day and the lock worked fine when I got home.

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Yeah man.. I crossed that problem a few weeks back.. Get some silicone and white lithium grease.

Take the silicone, and spray it all over the weatherstripping of the door.. Actually, it would be good to spray it on everything ruber..

Take the White Lithium Grease, and spray the latch on the door. (The one on the inside, with the actual latch) Also, spray the contact bolt on the body of the car. Spray the living hell out of it. Unless there is frezzeing rain, my doors do not stick. And we got like 2 feet in the last few days.., ;)
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take a torch to it, gently do the latch to get the condensation out, it happened to me when it got cold out. then relube it. worked for me. be gently with the torch though. good luck
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had this happen on my black daytona in the winter. what you will need to do is either remove the latch assmebly out of the door and clean it out or try some spray degreaser. what it is is the grease/lube on the door over time becomes gummy and in the cold weather it hardenes and wont let the door latch. after i degreased mine and cleaned it out had no problems
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Old 12-24-2004, 11:43 PM   #6
 
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Thanks for the tips everyone. We'll probably try some degreaser and then re-lube. I think we will try to get to the latch ass'y as much as possible with out removing the door panel. That's a PITA in the cold.
Thanks for the help and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

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ralph i use a mini torch to unfreeze mine the mini don,t do it but my woody wag. and daytona does\ it,s a little hand held one i got from the tool man. uses butane that way if it happens he can at lease get the door shut. just heat the latch a little till it latches hope that help als, was cold today yea.
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Thanks als, that might work for now, until it warms up enough to do a good degrease on it for a more permanent fix.

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WARM---what's that ???????????????
I sure want to MOVE to VEGAS

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if we all moved at once we can have a t/d power run! that will show them./ i got all my seats out of van it,s readdy to load. lets go/ dam i have work monday i will have to call off. als
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Yeah, it's best to just take the latch assembly out (it's not that bad to do), and soak it in some parts cleaner, paint thinner, or gasoline to get the all the old grease, dirt, and moisture out. Take a close look at the metal around the area where the striker bolts meets the latch. Take a dremel to any mushroomed metal that may bind the latch. Then relube it (I used 50W oil). It will close and open better than it has in many years.
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Russ you are the man for little tips like this. I've been paying much attention to the things you post you speak with such knowledge of the little things it's like you've done all the frustrating things for us then give us the right answers we need to fix the problem. Good show
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