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Old 03-17-09, 04:42 PM   #1
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Why wont the car door unlock?

It's 40 degrees out. I'm trying to get into my parent's 98 VW Golf (they're letting me drive it while I am home for spring break). I put the key in the lock and encounter a strong resistance while trying to turn it, just as if it was not the right key. The key goes all the way in. Perplexed, I think that perhaps they gave me the key to our other VW. This suspicion was nullified when I successfully opened the hatchback without difficulty. I climbed into the drivers seat, turned the car on, and it ran fine.
Normally I should be able to turn the key and hear something like a motor while all four doors unlock. This mechanism is not completely broken; I can lock or unlock the doors normally by pressing the appropriate button on the console.

Does anyone know what could be wrong?
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Old 03-17-09, 04:45 PM   #2
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It's a strong hint that somebody doesn't want you in that car.
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Try lubing the key with a light oil and inserting it in the lock.
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Does anyone know what could be wrong?
It's a VW
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Try lubing the key with a light oil and inserting it in the lock.
Hmmmm....you're saying to lube the instrument before inserting in to the hole. I've heard of this tactic before somewhere....maybe in a porn movie or something.
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Old 03-17-09, 04:58 PM   #6
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It's a VW
I agree that this is the first problem. My honda, with 100,000+ miles and 5 years on this car, has undoubtedly seen less repair money dumped into it.
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It's probably because of the cold (lock components could be contracting or something). I have a 98 Ranger that has the same problem. When it's below about 10 degrees F outside, I have to wiggle the key back and forth in the lock for a good minute before it turns. As the outside temperature increases, it takes less and less time to open the lock. I tried using some graphite lock lubricant, but it didn't help. Both doors have this problem, but the ignition works fine.

I simply stopped locking my doors, so now I don't have to deal with it.
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I simply stopped locking my doors, so now I don't have to deal with it.

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Hmmmm....you're saying to lube the instrument before inserting in to the hole. I've heard of this tactic before somewhere....maybe in a porn movie or something.
It my standard advice for a variety of issues. It hasn't failed yet!!
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Try lubing the key with a light oil and inserting it in the lock.
If it moves and its not supposed to, duct tape!
If it doesn't move and its supposed to, WD40!
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If it moves and its not supposed to, duct tape!
If it doesn't move and its supposed to, WD40!
Bang!! Correct

Anyway, around here locks don't freeze but they do get dust in them and that jams them.
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Around Boston, some of my friends carried butane lighters to unfreeze stuck door locks in the winter. Maybe give that a try. I never had to try it myself since I had one of those fancy keys with lock/unlock buttons, so I can't vouch for its effectiveness.
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TriNitroToulene will open that door very quickly.
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TriNitroToulene will open that door very quickly.
What happened to WD-40?
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What happened to WD-40?
WD40 1st. On the off chance it fails, TNT or ANFO or Mercury Fulminate or .......
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Just use a strip of primacord and blast the whole door off.
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TriNitroToulene will open that door very quickly.
I prefer a powder mix of aluminum-oxide and iron-oxide

if it doesn't open whatever you're trying to open, it'll sure weld it shut so you don't have to worry about having it accidentally open.
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What happened to WD-40?
The lighter was used after the WD-40 was applied, opening both the door and giving the car a new paint job with a flame motif.
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How can the lock be open of it's 40 degrees out?
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How can the lock be open of it's 40 degrees out?
Huh? I have no clue what you're trying to say. Have you been drinking?
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Either the lock cylinder is seized, a classic VW failure, or the lock cyclinder has been replaced and you don't have the key for it. There's a little flap over the key hole, if that is rusted open that's a clue. Try a shot of penetrating oil, it may free up, but probably not.
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