|Topic: Doors, Locks, & Hinges|
and latches on the doors, tailgate, and hood of your SUV need occasional
lubrication, especially in the winter months.
In winter, pay particular attention to the door locks to assure they work easily. You can use a graphite based product like Lock-Ease (bottom photo) and WD-40 is even better. One application of WD-40 will usually last all winter.
Do not use hot water to free frozen door locks or doors. While it will free the lock or door, the water will re-freeze and make the problem worse. Try some silicone on the rubber lining for the doors and this should prevent them from freezing shut.
A really stubborn frozen lock can usually be successfully thawed by heating the key with a cigarette lighter (wear gloves because the key will get hot).
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