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Old 12-13-2010, 09:26 AM   #1
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Door latch issue/cold weather

North Florida in 20s and my driver's door is not latching the first time it's shut. I have to slam it 2-3 times an then it latches properly. The colder it is, the worse it happens. As soon as the temp warms up it works like normal again. Is there an adjustment I should look at doing?
Thanks for any advice.

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Old 12-13-2010, 11:51 AM   #2
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hey same thing happened to me the other day actually...except it took me more like 10-15 tries to get it to latch right. all i did to fix the problem was spray WD-40 on the door latching system and it has been fine since. im pretty sure the dry, cold weather dries up the oil lub which causes the latch to stick and not close right.

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Old 12-13-2010, 01:10 PM   #3
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On mine I have to make sure to open the latch all the way. The door will open but I have to pull the handle untill I here a "click". May help. GL.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:50 PM   #4
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Watch your striker bolt (or whatever that bolt is called) for a month or so i had to keep slammin the door to get it to shut, well one morning it wouldn't shut at all.. decided to look at that bolt and it had been basically smashed. so for a few weeks now my driver door has been bungeed together (lol) till I found the part cheaper than what jeep wanted for it, which was 81.00.. Found on ebay for 30... Just keep eye on the bolt!
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:38 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tips. The striker and mechanism seem solid but I will keep an eye on that bolt. I went out at lunch and blasted some wd40 all in there so I'll see how that works in the morning. The temp should be in the teens.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:55 PM   #6
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Stupid Cold Fla Weather..

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Old 12-13-2010, 04:22 PM   #7
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I recently experienced this... WD-40 got it for me! Now my passenger side door is whistling a little at highway speeds. I need to order some seals. Can't have that cold winter air sneaking in!
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:17 PM   #8
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The same thing used to happen with the passenger door on my 89. WD-40 a few times solved the problem. There was no need for an adjustment because it worked fine when it was warmer.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:21 PM   #9
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The problem is moisture. Over the years the grease has migrated away from where it's needed allowing moisture to get in. The temp drops and the water freezes causing issues with the mechanism. The WD40 works by driving the moisture out and lubing the parts but it's too thin to be a long term solution. You should put some new grease in the mechanism, which isn't as easy as it sounds.
I live in the Chicago area and don't have a garage. I'm very familiar with this issue.
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:37 PM   #10
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The problem is moisture. Over the years the grease has migrated away from where it's needed allowing moisture to get in. The temp drops and the water freezes causing issues with the mechanism. The WD40 works by driving the moisture out and lubing the parts but it's too thin to be a long term solution. You should put some new grease in the mechanism, which isn't as easy as it sounds.
I live in the Chicago area and don't have a garage. I'm very familiar with this issue.
I will defintely do this when it warms up.

The wd40 did work for now.
Thanks for all the input!

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