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Old 12-24-2004, 10:24 AM   #11
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You have a nice looking Bonneville. What year is it? I have a 1994 model with 39,000 original miles.

Oh wow! 39,000? Really? And I thought I was doing well when my '94 (now Logan'*) had 72,000 on it.

*edit (so I'm on topic and all)* The hair drier is a good idea if you can get a cord out to the car, and if you avoid ever pointing it at the glass.
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I generally just whack the seals with my fist when they freeze up. That'* ususally enough to beak the ice so I can open my doors.

I've also heard Vaseline along the seals will stop this from happening. Might should do it myself, what with the luck I've been having lately
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I use a German product called "Gummi Pflege" on all the door seals in the fall. The stuff works great and works very very well. One bottle will get about 2-3 cars done.

Check it out, its worth the $7.

http://www.drivewerks.com/catalog/sh...inszt_pg13.htm
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Just be thankful the Bonneville has a frame around the window. If not, you have only glass that'* being frozen to the weather stripping instead of a frame.. Everytime I have to try and open my frozen doors I have to worry about breaking a window.

I also use a blow drier for frozen doors. Works well.
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It'* about 0 here.. and I just went out to my car, to see if my doors froze.. they opened just fine. Is this because I wax my door jams? I wax every exterior inch of my car I can, btw. Or, is this because my door mechanism is different for your'*? I do not have the pull handle, but the classic push button style .


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what does will use??
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I had the same problem recently in the wife'* Ciera after I washed all the salt off it and parked it out front. When I finallly got one back door open, I started it (from the back seat) and ran the heater to loosen up the other doors and trunk lid. When I eventually got everything open I scrubbed the ice off the seals with a terrycloth towel and applied tire-shine silicone. This has worked fine so far, and silicone should not harm the rubber. Pure silicone would probably have been a better choice, but it was not at hand.

I'm not sure about vegetable oil (Pam), but vaseline is petroleum based and will eventually turn rubber into goo. If the seals are viton or neoprene, it won't be a problem, but if they are rubber, silicone is the safest choice.
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At least on the 2000+ models, the owner'* manual says to use silicone on the seals as part of routine maintenance so its safe to say that you can(and should) use silicone.
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I finally got the door open by just chipping away at it and some sunshine supplied by mother nature. Now I can get on my way to my home in eastern Kentucky.Thanks for all the tips. I'll try some of them. I hope evrey one has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Carefull with the boiling water trick.....I did that once when I locked my key in my old pick up and the slider was froze shut.......So I dumped a bunch of boiling water around the back window so I could jimmy it open.....I didn't have to jimmy it because the back window exploded....THAT WAS A COLD RIDE! lol
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