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Old 11-23-2007, 09:48 PM   #1
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Frozen locks, common??!

Just got an 05 TJ, have not had to deal with frozen locks since keyless was invented. Is this a common problem, if so any suggestions. Thanks

Any body have a slate glove box door, for sale?

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Old 11-23-2007, 10:26 PM   #2
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Park in a garage?.... just kidding.... you can pick up a keychain at most auto parts stores that is a battery operated heater. It will have a retractable metal piece that heats up when you press a button. You use that to melt the ice by slowly inserting it into the door locks. I used to have to use this when I had an old pickup in college. There are also small cans of de-icer that work, but not well and it will refreeze.

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if you ahve a soft top DO NOT LOCK YOUR JEEP!
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Old 11-23-2007, 11:51 PM   #6
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lol jk

I had a soft top miata.. i allways locked it... i had a good alarm on it that beeps when some 1 gets near it so...(good buy)

Those de icer sprays are good though.

I never had any problem w/ my doors and i lock them and use my keys every day.
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:24 AM   #7
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i am personally not with that leave your doors unlocked nonsense. for one with your doors unlocked that means your doors can also be removed with an allen wrench. also by locking my doors and disabling my interior lock switch it makes for one hell of a time doing getting inside the cockpit
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Old 11-24-2007, 07:20 AM   #8
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both my door locks are frozen but they lock and unlock from the inside so i just go through the tailgate which works perfectly
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Old 11-24-2007, 07:56 AM   #9
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for one with your doors unlocked that means your doors can also be removed with an allen wrench.
really? an allen wrench?

both my TJ's had 13mm nuts on the door hinge posts...
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but all you have to do if you lock your doors is unzip any of the windows!
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Old 11-24-2007, 10:45 AM   #11
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but all you have to do if you lock your doors is unzip any of the windows!
Thats if the person breaking in wants to be nice...
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Locking your doors will just piss them off. That will lead to slashed windows and soft top.
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really? an allen wrench?

both my TJ's had 13mm nuts on the door hinge posts...
I assume he has those things that "prevent stealing"

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Thats if the person breaking in wants to be nice...
or smart.
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Just got an 05 TJ, have not had to deal with frozen locks since keyless was invented. Is this a common problem, if so any suggestions. Thanks

Any body have a slate glove box door, for sale?

4 winters, 2 TJs.......never had a problem with my locks freezing
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Old 11-29-2007, 07:02 AM   #16
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UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING THEY REALLY,REALLY WANT MOST PETTY CAR BURLARS ARE JUST LOOKING FOR "TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY" IF YOUR DOORS ARE UNLOCKED THEY JUST DIG AND TAKE......IF YOUR CAR IS LOCKED, THEY WILL MOST LIKELY JUST MOVE ON THE NEXT CAR.
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Friend of mine lives downtown in a loft, her Honda was stolen which was locked.. however, there were two jeeps to the right and one to the left... all of which had soft tops...
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My drivers side lock was frozen one morning so i just unlocked the passenger side no-prod, hoped over the shifter, and jiggled the interior lock switch untill it unstuck itself
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before it gets colder i will use those lock de-icer things. i don't lock my doors either.
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Locked my doors, and 2 weeks after I got my Jeep some #$@% broke in and stole it. Took the Jeep right out of my driveway. That was a sad day....

BTW, my locks froze, but only because the hardware inside the door was broken.
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I have never had a problem with my locks freezing - you all must have faulty TJs (or live in places that have an acutal winter).
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:18 PM   #22
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Soft top TJ, used $1.69 lock de-icer, no probs since. I lock 'em.
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Old 10-19-2008, 02:10 PM   #23
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Friend of mine lives downtown in a loft, her Honda was stolen which was locked.. however, there were two jeeps to the right and one to the left... all of which had soft tops...
Someone has good taste

TJ and 600rr here also
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:01 PM   #24
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I have never had a frozen lock but then around Oct of EVERY year I give each lock a good 5 second squirt of lock ease liquid graphite in a spray can. Stick the plastic tube on the can and stick it in the lock.
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Was just searching for this exact topic. My locks freeze constantly. Not so bad that a little wiggling and twisting hasn't gotten me in, but then it's a only a matter of time before I weaken and break the key.

I've used de-icer before and found that once it freezes back up, it seems to be way worse than when I hadn't used it. Cautious about using it as it's already been like living at the north pole here for a while and winter JUST started!
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both my door locks are frozen but they lock and unlock from the inside so i just go through the tailgate which works perfectly
just tell the ladies that you love gettin in from the rear!



















just fckin with ya bro!
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UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING THEY REALLY,REALLY WANT MOST PETTY CAR BURLARS ARE JUST LOOKING FOR "TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY" IF YOUR DOORS ARE UNLOCKED THEY JUST DIG AND TAKE......IF YOUR CAR IS LOCKED, THEY WILL MOST LIKELY JUST MOVE ON THE NEXT CAR.
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this is exactly how i feel.

if someone is looking to get your seats, or some other hardware, they will probably take the whole jeep...

but for the most part its someone hoping you keep cash, a gun, bass speakers, etc....

luckily i live on an army base and we dont have problems with car theft...

i did have an old beater ranger that the door locks were inop in about 3 years ago, and someone stole my change out of the ash tray. the cd player which was hanging halfway out already (el cheapo) was untouched.

so... being that this ranger was so crappy.. cant stress the crappyness enough.. i filled the ashtray back up with change, including some quarters, but i added a little secret sauce...

a mix of wd40 and vinegar.

took about 3 days for the guy to try stealing the change, and realize it stank bad.. so he threw it all down in the floor.

it was worth the cleanup! (floors were rubberized anyways)
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ive found the deicer works great, but i keep mine lubed year round..

maybe when they are dry and you put the deice lube in there after the temps are freezing it doesnt work as well..
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Just got an 05 TJ, have not had to deal with frozen locks since keyless was invented. Is this a common problem, if so any suggestions. Thanks

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Spray some WD40 on your key and then insert and twist until it feels good Do this several times to achieve maximum lubrication.
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Spray some WD40 on your key and then insert and twist until it feels good Do this several times to achieve maximum lubrication.
of course, always use plenty of lube


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both my door locks are frozen but they lock and unlock from the inside so i just go through the tailgate which works perfectly
just tell the ladies that you love gettin in from the rear!

Just fckin with ya bro!
Lube the rear too while ur at it to make sure it stays that way

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