I just tried using my car today after a week but my key would not even
enter the lock. I live in upstate NY so the weather's been in the 20s and
teens the past week and i just assumed that somehow water got into the lock
and froze. I got in from the passenger side, and opened the driver door.
Even though the door opened (with difficulty), the lock did not pop up.
When I tried closing the driver door, it would not shut. I have manual
locks. Any idea what the problem is and how i can fix it on the cheap.
I'm unemployed right now so I can't afford to spend too much money fixing
My 90 acts up in this manner sometimes, that is, the driver's door
won't shut. Check the latching mechanism on the door, it is supposed
to latch itself onto the post when you shut the door. It might be in
need of some lubrication. You can get some penetrating oil and spray
it on for starters and then try some white lithium grease spray to keep
it from happening. Reapply once or twice a year.
That's what I do anyway because that's what I have lying around.
You'll probably get ten more posts in this ng about the pros and cons
of each different type of lubrication product and the application
thereof. Just use what you got on the latch. That can of three-in-one
oil that's been lying around since 1972 should work as well.
Best thing I have found for stuck door locks is Silicone spray. Spray
silicone into locks using small tube supplied with spray, and repeat
several times. I have freed up several door locks this way. It can be
purchased at most auto stores, Wal-Mart, and many other places.
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