seems like I have this problem every year,doesn't matter what vehicle I own(hasn't happened to the truck yet though). It will rain or have wet heavy snow,then the next day the temp gets down to zero or close,and the windows/doors freeze up and will not open until it warms up outside. I usually am able to get one door open,and can then get the other ones open from pushing from the inside,but the windows are pretty much hopeless until after the car has ran for at least 30 minutes,which is a pain in the butt because I hardly ever drive the car that long at one time. Is there anything I can buy to put on the window/door seals to keep them from freezing? thanks!!
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I thought of wd-40 or cooking spray,but wouldn't that leave a mess on the windows when I roll them up and down?
Not sure the config of your windows, but on mine the worst you get is a little on the extreme edges of window where it goes into the weaterstripping, nothing to worry about. I have never had trouble with the bottom edge against the window freezing up yet.
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I always used silicon spray on the vertical edges and on all the weatherstrips around the door. The weatherstrips rub in by hand, the windows use a rag for paint protection and spray into the channels or soak a foam Q-tip and rub/squeeze into the channel
But, if you have troubles after that, then get a marine dry lube with graphite, available at West Marine.
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Don't Use Pam, WD, Silicone. Use Maguires Rubber Conditioner. Any of the others will deteriorate the rubber over time.
I've found the best cure is to use Rain-X, and to USE a snow brush. When it snows, brush it off completely. Not just enough to see. If You get all of the snow off, it doesn't melt as You drive, and cause freeze ups.
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When I detailed cars a few years back a trick the shop manager taught us was to use liquid tire shine on all the rubber surfaces, seemed to work pretty well. We'd have 50-100 cars on the dealer lot at any time, never had a freezing problem with any of them.
I like to roll all the windows down as far as they'll go, then using a rag I soak the rubber window channel area with the tire shine, use a clean rag to wipe of the excess. Tire shine also works well when applied on the door-jam weather stripping, keeps the doors from freezing shut. Application is the same, soak a rag and apply to the weather stripping.
I like to use a squirt of wd-10 into each of the exterior door lock holes to keep them from freezing. I also soak the latch area and door hinges with wd40 to keep them from freezing too.
Like fonefiddy mentioned, remove all the snow that you possibly can from the vehicle. The snow melts as the vehicle warms up, then the newly melted snow-water seeps into everywhere and refreezes once the vehicle cools off for a long period of time, like sitting over night.
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Fluid Film will keep your door frames and locks from freezing, and it will last a heck of a lot longer than anything else you could try. No solvents to evaporate.
I can vouch for the locks - It works great for them...
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