Opening a Frozen Car Door?

September 17, 2008

Opening a Frozen Car DoorThe sliding doors on my 2004 Toyota Sienna minivan keep freezing shut in the winter. How do I prevent this?

Christie from Durango, CO



By siris (Guest Post)
September 17, 20080 found this helpful
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I was advised to wipe the rubber surrounding the door with silicone. It is sold as a liquid at the drug store.(not the type in a tube for plumbing etc.)

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By Sharon (Guest Post)
September 17, 20080 found this helpful
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Every winter before temps drop to freezing, I spray the tracks and all around the inside of the doors where they seal with WD40. Works like a charm. No more frozen shut doors. You need to respray upon occasion to keep them from freezing. After having frozen shut doors several times one winter, grr. someone mentioned WD40 and out of desperation, plus I had a can on hand. I tried it. I have now been using it for several years. By the way, it doesn't hurt your paint either:-)

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February 1, 20161 found this helpful

I pound all around the perimeter of the door to "break" the ice. It usually works. The best thing to do is prevent this freezing if you can before a storm, by spraying the edge of the door and the frame all the way around with a silicone spray. The spray is available at auto supply stores. WD40 sprayed around the doors will also work, although I don't like the odor.


Be sure to spray the trunk lid and frame, tailgate doors and frame, or hatchback lid and frame too. When I use the silicone spray, I never have a problem with frozen doors. It has to be reapplied after a while, as it dries up or evaporates.

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