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mrpumpk1n
12-14-2010, 09:15 PM
so after spending a good half hour cleaning the frozen snow off my baby, the car's doors refused to open x_X. they are frozen shut to the body! (door lock opens fine). just gonna wait till the afternoon tomorrow to let it warm up and let it unfreeze hopefully lol. so check your doors!! and do w/e maintenance you have to in order to keep your doors from freezing. (prolly keeping the rubber from freezing over)

DominguesE30
12-14-2010, 09:48 PM
Piss around the door. My dad used to do in Portugal when his doors sills used to freeze


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Elite5Series
12-14-2010, 09:51 PM
Damn we're both from Nyc and my door were fine lol

16valex
12-14-2010, 09:54 PM
My 97-528 has the same frozen doors issue this morning. Water made their way to the inside of the door panel then drippped onto the doorsills then frozen solid. :mad:

I think the rubber weather strips are getting old and cracked allowed melting snow to get in. What do you think OP?

16valex
12-14-2010, 09:55 PM
Piss around the door. My dad used to do in Portugal when his doors sills used to freeze


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Do that on plastic car not metal car it will rust on you. :yikes:

dvsgene
12-14-2010, 09:59 PM
Applying some Armor All, Silicone Spray or 303 Aerospace lube to the door seals will help. More importantly, don't crank up the heat in the car and then leave it overnight when it snows. Melting snow from the residual heat that freezes will "glue" the door seals together.

540 M-Sport
12-14-2010, 10:10 PM
Once you get it open, go to the drug store and ask the pharmacist for a bottle of glycerin, a small one costs $3. Apply it with a rag to all the rubber seals on the doors, trunk and hood. Reapply once every month. It is the active ingredient in all the gummifledge products sold specifically to prevent sticking of seals.

mrpumpk1n
12-14-2010, 10:21 PM
i will go ahead and do that tomorrow (buy glycerin). may be that can be added to the E39 wiki as a preventative measure for these cars? also i did pull pretty hard on my door and i hope i didnt damage it x_x. i was reading some other threads here where they wound up damaging the door by doing that.

Elite5Series
12-14-2010, 10:21 PM
This thread and posts reminded me of the guy I seen last year who threw salt on and around his car so he won't have to shovel. In the end he messed up his paint and still had to dig his car out. :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::r ofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

bluebee
12-14-2010, 10:40 PM
threw salt on and around his car

Glycerol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycerol) tastes way better!

Like ethylene glycol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethylene_glycol) and propylene glycol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol), glycerol dissolved in water disrupts the hydrogen bonding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_bonding) between water molecules such that the mixture cannot form a stable crystal structure unless the temperature is significantly lowered. The minimum freezing point temperature is at about -36 F / -37.8 C corresponding to 60-70 % glycerol in water.<sup id="cite_ref-10" class="reference">[11] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycerol#cite_note-10)</sup>
Glycerol was historically used as an anti-freeze for automative applications; due to the abundance of glycerol, its use as an anti-freeze is being re-examined. In comparison, the minimum freezing point of a glycerol-water mixture is higher than an ethylene-glycol mixture; on the other hand, glycerol, unlike ethylene glycol, is not toxic.<sup id="cite_ref-11" class="reference">[12] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycerol#cite_note-11)</sup>
In the laboratory, glycerol is a common component of solvents for enzymatic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enzyme) reagents stored at temperatures below 0 C due to the depression of the freezing temperature (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freezing-point_depression) of solutions with high concentrations of glycerol. It is also dissolved in water to reduce damage by ice crystals to laboratory organisms that are stored in frozen solutions, such as bacteria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteria), nematodes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nematode), and fruit flies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drosophilidae).

dvsgene
12-14-2010, 10:48 PM
Once you get it open, go to the drug store and ask the pharmacist for a bottle of glycerin, a small one costs $3. .... It is the active ingredient in all the gummifledge products sold specifically to prevent sticking of seals.

It's also the active ingredient in KY Jelly to prevent sticking of well.... you know.... AND not to be confused with glycerol! Even if it does taste better!

doru
12-15-2010, 12:09 AM
BMW recommended (before leaving Germany and establishing in the US) is Einszett Gummipflege (http://www.1z-usa.com/einszett_gummi_pflege.html). Just use them on all rubbers including the doors and you will experience long life out of them rubbers as well as preventing frozen doors.
My car has 8 years but not one rubber trim shows its age. They are still in pristine condition.

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TemporarySanity
12-15-2010, 07:09 AM
Once you get it open, go to the drug store and ask the pharmacist for a bottle of glycerin, a small one costs $3. Apply it with a rag to all the rubber seals on the doors, trunk and hood. Reapply once every month. It is the active ingredient in all the gummifledge products sold specifically to prevent sticking of seals.

Thanks! That's some good info. I have been using 303 protectant for years on nearly everything I own, even my wife isn't showing her age yet.:D

dalekressin
12-15-2010, 07:32 AM
Heated garage works for me, but that's cheating I suppose.

cn90
12-15-2010, 08:07 AM
In all of my cars, I apply "3M Transpore Plastic Tape" (it is the same tape used at hospital for dressing wound, so it has tiny holes for perspiration and removing is easy).
Apply the tape on the door painted surface EXACTLY where it meets the rubber counter part on the car frame.
It does not matter freezing rain or not, opening the door is a breeze. Try and see.

It is $2.85 at Walgreen drugstore.

Here is "3M Transpore Plastic Tape":

http://pattersonmedical.com/content/images/SPRProductImages/Regular/55033201.JPG

BigCo540i
12-15-2010, 08:15 AM
Just don't use hot water. That's a good way to get a cracked windshield.

540 M-Sport
12-15-2010, 12:46 PM
In all of my cars, I apply "3M Transpore Plastic Tape" (it is the same tape used at hospital for dressing wound, so it has tiny holes for perspiration and removing is easy).
Apply the tape on the door painted surface EXACTLY where it meets the rubber counter part on the car frame.
It does not matter freezing rain or not, opening the door is a breeze. Try and see.

It is $2.85 at Walgreen drugstore.

Here is "3M Transpore Plastic Tape":

http://pattersonmedical.com/content/images/SPRProductImages/Regular/55033201.JPG

Not a permanent solution. I am familiar with that product (I work in the medical industry) and that adhesive will leave quite a mess if left long term on something. It is designed for use on skin, where it will be removed or changed every few days or so. I have used it for general taping of "stuff" around the house and found later it can leave adhesive behind that requires various "goo gone", denatured alcohol and such to remove. I put it on item for a couple years, and it had hardened (the adhesive) and was very difficult to remove.

cn90
12-15-2010, 02:28 PM
Actually I put it on only for the winter and take it out in the spring. No residue left behind during that period.

mrpumpk1n
12-15-2010, 03:04 PM
so this morning i tried to open the door again and it wasnt opening still. splashing hot water didnt seem like a good idea as it will just cool down and freeze and make a bigger issue so i got in through the right side and took it for a short drive and when i got back, the door opened right up :). didnt get a chance to get the glycerin yet though :(. il go ahead and order the gummi pflege thing later on tonight.

99SK04GTX
12-15-2010, 08:59 PM
Wipe the rubber door seals with any old armor all or silicone or something so it will open tomorrow.