Toyota Yaris Forums - Ultimate Yaris Enthusiast Site
 

 


 
Go Back   Toyota Yaris Forums - Ultimate Yaris Enthusiast Site > Technical Forums > DIY / Maintenance / Service
  The Tire Rack

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-18-2010, 08:25 AM   #1
N9QGS
 
N9QGS's Avatar
 
Drives: 2007 Toyota Yaris Sedan
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Georgetown, KY
Posts: 117
Send a message via AIM to N9QGS Send a message via Yahoo to N9QGS
Door Locks in cold weather

I had this problem last year and now we are dipping down into the 30's at night Im having the same problem. When its cold out and I stick my key in it goes in but doesn't seem to want to turn to unlock the door, its like its the wrong key and it takes some jiggling and force to make it unlock.

Now don't get me wrong, during the day the door and key interaction is perfect. its a night and day difference. I already tried graphite the locks this made little difference so far, has anyone has any experience with this and could suggest something to try as a fix? It is definitely weather related.

now you may ask, and I honestly have never looked to see if there is a door lock on the passenger side as I type this some cars do some don't... but I cant say if it is happening on the other side... something I will look at next time Im out there... And I dont have the keyless entry on my '07

Thanks, Ron
__________________
198K Miles
N9QGS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 08:36 AM   #2
WeeYari
 
WeeYari's Avatar
 
Drives: 06 Polar White 5dr, 13 Soul 4u
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,515
Yep, same problem. There have always been a few days in the winter were I have to unlock via the passenger door. Issue with drivers side lock, never the passenger side.

No solution found and this topic has been posted a couple times over the years.
__________________
WeeYari is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 08:46 AM   #3
Lil Abner
 
Drives: 2009 3dr LB Manual
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Dublin, Ohio
Posts: 412
Well, I haven't used a key in my door for over 10 years. But it sounds like the lock needs to be lubricated. There are tumblers in the lock (little cylinders that slide up and down on your notches on the key). In cold weather, lubrication isn't as slippery, and those tumblers can get stuck. I'd say some white lithium grease in the lock cylinder would do the trick. Hopefully someone else can confirm this for me.
Lil Abner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 08:49 AM   #4
WeeYari
 
WeeYari's Avatar
 
Drives: 06 Polar White 5dr, 13 Soul 4u
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,515
^ Nope, that hasn't done the trick.
__________________
WeeYari is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 11:46 AM   #5
ilikerice
 
ilikerice's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 black yaris
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: savannah, ga
Posts: 2,868
im wondering if the tumblers are getting frozen.. maybe the lube that toyota uses is past its viscosity or has worn gone.. from only using the driver side for so long but the passenger side still works.. so the tumblers are now completly exposed to the elements and the freezing point has increased... just a thought... something that just poped in my head.. i used to work at lexus and we used a yellow grease to lube things like that.. i dont work there anymore so i cant get the part number.. ctscott my help with that maybe..
ilikerice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 11:56 AM   #6
MadMax
 
MadMax's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 Yaris Liftback (Sprocket)
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Antonio, Texas!
Posts: 2,799
You can get Car Lock De-Icer & Lubricant Spray at any car parts store, that always worked for me.

But a better solution is to move somewhere where the winters are more mild! That's what I did! Highs here in the 70sį and bright sun all week!

Cheers! M2
__________________
MadMax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 11:58 AM   #7
Shinare
Bronze bombshell yaris
 
Shinare's Avatar
 
Drives: 09 Yaris HB 3door
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Posts: 641
^^ Yah, but you still live in Texas. :) J/K
__________________
Now I drive a CARMINE RED METALLIC 09 Yaris 3-door!! I'm Back!!! WooHoo!! Mods done so far: Tinted windows, Viper 211HV Remote Keyless Entry, Atoto Android headunit, backup camera, steering wheel controls

Before it was totaled I drove a 2007 Black Sand Pearl 3 Door Lift-Back M/T with 49k miles. Stock Everything except for black tint, all red badges, red dash, and stealth garage door opener. Ultra-Gauge mounted on steering wheel. A1 Electric MES Central Locks and Avital 3100 Alarm system.
Shinare is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 12:10 PM   #8
MadMax
 
MadMax's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 Yaris Liftback (Sprocket)
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Antonio, Texas!
Posts: 2,799
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shinare View Post
^^ Yah, but you still live in Texas. :) J/K
Don't be jealous!
__________________
MadMax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 09:34 PM   #9
bankrobber
 
Drives: 2007 Yaris Hatchback
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 254
Had this problem every winter I lived in Maine. Even had the door freeze to the rubber gasket. Hard to wash a car when below freezing outside. I can remember using a car wash and I would spray the water and before I could get the soap brushed on the water had froze on the car. I often left my doors unlocked. Many people use to leave their cars running while they went inside the only grocery store in town. Even had the tires freeze to the ground a few times.
bankrobber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 09:48 PM   #10
MadMax
 
MadMax's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 Yaris Liftback (Sprocket)
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Antonio, Texas!
Posts: 2,799
Heck, consider yourselves lucky. On my old VW Passat, the latches would freeze thus I would have to drive to work grasping the door handle to keep it from flying open on righthand turns! Of course this was in Belgium, where the damp air and long winters meant I dealt with this problem quite often...
__________________
MadMax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2010, 12:03 AM   #11
R2D2
Crazy Oil Sniffer
 
R2D2's Avatar
 
Drives: MM 09 Yaris 5 Dr LB "Click"
Join Date: May 2009
Location: ME
Posts: 498
Ron and others,

The best solution I've found for the above problem is silicone spray lubricant that can be found at auto parts stores (I personally like the Napa brand the best), Walmart, and hardware stores. It is a very thin lube that doesn't thicken too much with the cold that is rubber friendly. It works great at keeping things from freezing up and repels water. Buy a can that comes with the attachable straw and insert it in the door lock. I usually give it a couple quick sprays then insert my key and lock and unlock the door a few times to distribute the lube.

I also spray it on all the rubber door seals and gaskets because it conditions them and keeps them from cracking and drying out. But the best part is it will help keep the doors from freezing shut. I also lubricate the door hinges with the same stuff. Works great. Doesn't attract dirt and it's cheap.

Honestly though MadMax's idea of moving someplace warmer gets a little more appealing every year!

R2
__________________
"The howl was the sound of Godís casting pot, the morphing of my cells into shape, the forming of oceans out of molten premordial plasma. And I could feel it. I could cry for it. I could cry with it."
-The Fitful One

R2D2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2010, 09:36 AM   #12
marcus
toyota
 
marcus's Avatar
 
Drives: 2007 Yaris RS Blazed
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: toronto, canada
Posts: 3,637
wd40 works for me...spraying the key holes with it.
marcus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2010, 09:54 PM   #13
toast
 
Drives: 2007 LB
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Nappanee, IN
Posts: 60
might be worth pulling the door panel off and checking to see if the lock cable is hanging up or off of one of it's retaining clips. i had a problem with my aftermarket keyless entry on the driver door not wanting to lock when it got cold out. turned out to be a cable was flexing just enough to be a problem when it got cold.
toast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2010, 10:00 PM   #14
DebbyM46227
 
DebbyM46227's Avatar
 
Drives: 2017 Yaris IA, Pulse Red, Auto
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 538
Quote:
Originally Posted by N9QGS View Post
now you may ask, and I honestly have never looked to see if there is a door lock on the passenger side as I type this some cars do some don't... but I cant say if it is happening on the other side... something I will look at next time Im out there... And I dont have the keyless entry on my '07
Enlighten me....what cars don't have a door lock on the passenger side?
DebbyM46227 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2010, 08:28 AM   #15
Bluevitz-rs
1NZ-6spd
 
Bluevitz-rs's Avatar
 
Drives: '05 6-Spd Vitz RS
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2,959
^Most new cars that come standard with keyless entry.
Bluevitz-rs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2010, 03:25 PM   #16
DebbyM46227
 
DebbyM46227's Avatar
 
Drives: 2017 Yaris IA, Pulse Red, Auto
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 538
OK, I wasn't thinking of keyless entry....I took it as not being able to lock the door at all.
DebbyM46227 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cold, door, key, locks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Reluctant upshift to 3rd while cold (auto trans) pauljk General Yaris / Vitz Discussion 40 01-22-2011 06:04 AM
Transmission designed for 10-15 min cold start delay Ironwill5 DIY / Maintenance / Service 29 12-03-2009 08:08 PM
Cold Weather Starts nemelek General Yaris / Vitz Discussion 9 12-17-2008 06:51 AM
Intake Systems Decision Maker.. Blenjar Performance Modifications 25 09-15-2007 10:07 PM
longer turn over on start w/ cold weather manborn General Yaris / Vitz Discussion 20 02-04-2007 11:35 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:30 AM.




YarisWorld
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.