I'm afraid I have to respectfully disagree:
: > For the car they make this stuff you can spray into your
: > My
: > latch mechanism also froze up, this is the thing that you see
: > "edge" of the door when you open it. I hit that with WD40
: > fine now.
: I suggest that people be careful about what they spray into
a lock. Oil
: based products like WD-40 and some of the frozen lock products
: contain oil) will allow the lock to work better for a while,
only to cause
: it to gum up and fail later.
Umm, no, that's not true; WD40 actually evaporates away, even in
sub zero temperatures. It will also quickly displace any
moisture it comes in contact with and prevent further freezing if
it's used correctly. Until the moisture returns, that is.
There is nothing, nada, zip, that leaves a film of any kind,
that will NOT collect debris and "gum up" as you say. The best
working lock is one that is dry and hasn't been mistreated with
oils or salt water,etc, allowing rust etc. to form, or where car
washes have forced water into the lock, past the protective
: There are products designed for freeing up frozen locks and
: contain any products what will cause problems later.
True. But they're only useful AFTER the lock is frozen, and if
you happen to have access to it in the parking lot where you
discover your frozen locks.
: WD-40 should never be used on a lock (at least the part of
the lock were
: you use the key. It can be used for other parts.
Wrong. It's excellent for displacing water where freezing
occurs, and keeping the locks workable. I've used it now for
about 40 years on any and every car I own/owned, as part of the
winter maintenance schedule on everything from hinges to my door
locks. The only real caveat with WD40 is that it's NOT really a
lubricant; it has poor lubricating properties. I suggest you
read the can if we're really discussing THE WD-40 formula
Beofre someone says I never see whether it collects, gums up,
etc., yes, I do, because I also use it on hood and trunk latches,
door latches, etc. etc. etc., areas that do not require
lubrication as a rule. To lubridate such areas, I use silicone
or lithium lubricants, as appropriate.
In my experience it's more likely for the seals & rubbers to
collect moisture in the dust they collect and freeze something
shut than the door locks freeze. The only freezing I've never
been able to overcome cleanly is the windows freezing shut; some
of our roads are very, very dusty.
: > Nova Scotia, wow. How cold does it get there ? Are you
: > the maritime currents or is it just cold cold ?
: Joseph Meehan
: Dia duit