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Hi Les here. I have a recurring winter issue with my sliding doors. When ever snow melts on the roof or water freezes overnight both sliding doors freeze shut and I have to climb in the back and kick the crap out of them to get them to open. Today I had to use a prybar and break them free from outside at the top. Has anyone else experienced this issue or is just my van? Never had this issue with my 87, 97 or 06.
 

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Is it due to ice or lack of lubricant on the seals? Give them a spray of silicone.

Don't forget to lube these often overlooked car areas

Rubber and plastic parts provide their own set of problems. In cold weather, rubber door seals can freeze a door shut, as they are porous enough to get water in them and then freeze to the metal door frame of the car. Silicone lubricating compound can prevent this and, unlike most lubricants, it won’t stain clothing or auto interior fabrics. It’s also useful to lube plastic latches such as the ones found on gas-cap doors. It will extend the life of rubber door seals by preventing weather-cracking. If your vehicle’s doors have double seals (a seal on the door and on the door opening), spray both. In colder weather, doing this monthly is not overkill.

Silicone spray can also help protect vehicle wiring from moisture contamination and spraying the frames of the wiper blades with it can lessen their tendency to freeze on winter mornings.
 

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Thx Jeepman. I didn't know that would work. Do you recommend any specific products?
Something from Miron's favorite store, Canadian Tire, that is. :)



 

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One thing I can suggest - when you pull on the door from the outside, grab the top of the door near the back, not the front. That end pivots out first, so it'll need less force to break free than if you pull on the handle, or along the top at the front... I've never had it so frozen that a sharp tug from the outside won't break it free... Also agree with Jeepman - some Silicone spray will help.

Jeepman - I want try that Dupont stuff next time. I've been using WD40's specialist silicone spray in the past, which has worked well. I'll bet the teflon in that stuff will work better though.
 

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We have had it happen that someone (since I can't) had to climb in and push outward on the back of the sliding door wile someone pulled the handle. It hasn't happened with this van more than once, though, and that was a couple years ago. It's supposed to get really cold tonight so ...
 

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How about Fluid Film?

That's good looking Fluid Film you have there. So appealing one might even take a sip. :)

A light wipe of Fluid Film on the seals will work. It's not overly friendly to natural rubber, which some seals are made of. Synthetic rubber is okay.

I'm guessing the seals that stick are the top ones.
 

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Saw this thread and realized silicon spray might solve the problem I have had with my passenger sliding side door being hard to open. I sprayed the rubber cushion around the door with silicon spray and it was like magic. No more sticking!
Thanks to all for posting the solution. :)
 
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