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Old 12-14-2010, 12:48 PM   #1
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Drivers side wont unlock

Starting yesterday when I tried to unlock the jeep on the drivers side the key wouldn't even turn. I had to crawl in through the passenger side to unlock and open it. Is it the cold weather or moisture or something? Whatever it is, it's gotta go..

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Old 12-14-2010, 01:17 PM   #2
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Try spraying some WD-40 or something similar in the key hole. and if that doesn't work, wait till it gets above freezing, or if your carefull you can use a torch of someking to warm the lock, then spray in some WD-40 in after it turns.

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Old 12-14-2010, 01:24 PM   #3
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Make sure it's in fully locked position when closing, it's happen a few times to me in cold/warm / wet/dry conditions, Thaught at first it was wrong key or somebody tried to get in, it only happend five times in 8 years
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I'd avoid WD-40 in locks, and use a graphite based lube instead. WD-40 attracts dirt.

I don't even know if my locks work, I never use em
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I eventually stopped locking mine in the winter. And since the doors usually freeze shut, necessitating pulling it open from the top of the half door, people would probably think it was locked to begin with. If I'm coming back fairly quickly, I'll lock it with the key just to make certain it will (probably) unlock when I return. Have a great day... RT
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:12 PM   #6
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I'll try some spray...And maybe it wasn't locked all the way because I'm usually in a hurry when gettin out of the Jeep..

I only lock it cause i have a hardtop. The most expensive thing in there is a couple of bungee cords and some mud
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:17 PM   #7
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Take the door off! LOL I never lock mine I figure if they want in they'll just cut my top.
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:20 PM   #8
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Take the door off!
Gets a little cold when it's 5 degrees. I could try it though. There is a JK near the Ski resort I live by that has the soft top and never any windows in...Even when it's -10 and there's 3 feet of snow!
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:48 PM   #9
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That same exact thing happens to me at 6:30 this morning going to school... I had to climb in through the back... But after it got warmer, everything started working again
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:02 PM   #10
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yes agreed same thing to me also, its moisture and living on the coast of alaska there is alot. i agree dont use wd40 some other sort of lube would be better your choice. mine unlocks after i warm the entire cab up so i just said forget it and quit locking the doors altogether.
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:04 PM   #11
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cant say ive never had full ski gear with the doors and roof off..... fun for the first little bit.... not something to do all the time but should be done at least once in every jeepers life
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It would be fun to do something like in that Wrangler commercial they were running a few years back driving up a snowy mountain and snowboarding down. Wonder how that guy got his Jeep back?
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Gets a little cold when it's 5 degrees.
Don't be such a sissy! J/K. Don't force it. I broke mine inside and had to rig it back up to just open the door from the outside. I couldn't find the exact single part that I needed without buying the entire expesive kit.
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Starting yesterday when I tried to unlock the jeep on the drivers side the key wouldn't even turn. I had to crawl in through the passenger side to unlock and open it. Is it the cold weather or moisture or something? Whatever it is, it's gotta go..
I had a similar problem a few weeks ago. I live in the snowbelt, but I parked my Wrangler in the garage for a few days to let it thaw off. When it was dry enough I went out and put some Permatex anti-seize in and around the moving parts. Don't get it on yourself though, it gets on everything! xD

Hope this helps if the problem persists. =)

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Old 12-14-2010, 09:05 PM   #15
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Your problem is definately condensation in the door, it is worse in the lock because the cold air enters the keyway and freezes the moisture.
While I am not a big fan of WD40, it does have regional advantages and disadvantages. I would never use it in Arizona because of the heat and dust, however in Vermont it would work better than graphite. WD 40 is Water Displacement formula #40. After the door has had a chance to dry out, use either WD 40 or Super Lube dry film. This will keep the moisture from adhering to the internal parts. Syd
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Thanks Syd. I'll give that a shot tomorrow if I can get it to dry out a little
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I use wd40, silicon, rust eater, oil or any # of items... LOL! W.I. gets very cold.
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My doors and locking gas cap have all done the same thing since it dropped below freezing. I used some lock deicer, you can get it at Wal-mart or other shopping places and I haven't had to use it again since.
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Old 12-15-2010, 06:52 PM   #19
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Lock de-icer is a temporary fix, it won't last very long. I would go the extra step and PREVENT the ice from sticking to the lock parts. Thats just me though.

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Ive stopped locking my doors. whats the point when someone can stick a finger just unzip the window.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:33 PM   #21
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Today I was in the mud room and just happened to look up on the shelf, and there sat a little bottle of lock de-icer. It was the weirdest thing ever. It was kinda like someone (or something!) placed it there for me. Anyways, it worked and I used it on all the other locks also. Thanks for all the help!

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