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Doors Won't Open When It's Cold Outside

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by mojob, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. mojob

    mojob Member
    Messages: 83

    My 98 GMC 3500's doors won't open when the temps fall below freezing. They're not frozen shut. It feels like the doors are still locked when you try to lift the door handles. Both doors do it. It doesn't have power locks so I know it's a problem in the doors themselves. Anyone else ever have this problem? I'm hoping to get some advice before I remove the door panels.
  2. javaman70

    javaman70 Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I'd try some spray lube on the latch assembly's.
  3. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    I have only one thing to say, Fuild Film
  4. bcf

    bcf Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    Some armorall on the gaskets will help alot too
  5. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    Yep, Fluid Film your gaskets, locks,etc
  6. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    My old k3500 '97 - same issue. I used armor all for the rubber seals every month or so. For the hinges and inside the door locks I used white lithium spray. Nothing else works like this stuff.
  7. turbo5560

    turbo5560 Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    sounds like a personal problem ;)

    but ya fluid film will def work
  8. Blackwin

    Blackwin Member
    Messages: 58

    My truck 2005 GMC 2500 has one door that doesnt like to un lock in cold weather, pass door works fine.

    Has power looks too.

    Time to visit the dealer I guess
  9. Dano50

    Dano50 PlowSite.com Addict
    from CA
    Messages: 1,270

    Sounds like a job for Fluid Film to me. :D
  10. Kennedy81

    Kennedy81 Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    I beleive there is a Factory Service Bulletin on an issue dealing with that also.
  11. mojob

    mojob Member
    Messages: 83

    Here's a follow up on this if any one is interested. It ended up being the door latches inside the doors. They were just worn out. The truck has always been in the landscape business. I bought it from a large outfit that was going out of business and I'm sure both doors got a workout every day for eight years. I should have taken this into account. Thanks for all the replies.