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Old 17th-December-2010, 12:26
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OK, something I've noticed when it's freezing cold in the morning, the rubber door seals seem to freeze to the metal door frame - I assume moisture gets trapped and freezes?? I tried a spray of WD40 wiped round on a cloth, but doesn't seem to have helped.

Would a good smear of Vaseline on the rubber seals help? Petroleum based so shouldn't freeze I guess...thoughts? Last thing I want to do is tear the rubber seals!
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Old 17th-December-2010, 12:30
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silicone rubber spray for lubing rubber perhaps
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Old 17th-December-2010, 12:36
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silicone rubber spray for lubing rubber perhaps
Don't have any of that, but sure the missus has some Vaseline I can steal if that's any good! Would it perish the rubber being Petroleum based?
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Old 17th-December-2010, 13:04
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Auto Glym Vynal and Rubber conditioner. Should do it.
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Old 17th-December-2010, 13:10
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Mine keep getting frozen open too haha.
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Vasaline works.
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Old 17th-December-2010, 13:46
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Not on topic but in the same vein, the battery seems to freeze very easily, it would be a good thing to shield it from the worse of the cold by shielding in with a cover, i use a battery quilt, you can get them off Vauxhalls, and it helps a lot to retain the heat in the battery for an easier start in the mornings when its cold,basically you slip the battery inside the quilt and it all clips in at the top, leaving the terminals clear
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Old 17th-December-2010, 13:56
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Good tip Dopey! The missus' 206 has one of those too! Would be wrong to steal it I think.

Of course, the BMW's battery is in the boot (weight distribution and all that), but as it can't physcially move in even the lightest of snow, it doesn't matter!!

Might mock-up a cardboard battery cover over the weekend...!
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Do NOT use vasalene . Vasalene degrades rubber thats why you should not use it on ....errrm ....intimate protective items (ok condoms)!

I made the mistake of putting it on the rubber parts of a bike I put in storage on the advise of someone . When I went back all the rubber bits had swollen up and were falling apart. Use silicone!
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OK, something I've noticed when it's freezing cold in the morning, the rubber door seals seem to freeze to the metal door frame - I assume moisture gets trapped and freezes?? I tried a spray of WD40 wiped round on a cloth, but doesn't seem to have helped.

Would a good smear of Vaseline on the rubber seals help? Petroleum based so shouldn't freeze I guess...thoughts? Last thing I want to do is tear the rubber seals!
Clear electronic grade silicone grease, I have used it on my MR2 for 25 years with no seal degradation, in fact Toyota recomend it. You can get it from www.cpc.co.uk or Maplin. Vaseline reacts with the rubber
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Old 17th-December-2010, 16:49
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OK, no to Vaseline then!! Bugger!
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OK, no to Vaseline then!! Bugger!
Not a wise choice of words...
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Old 17th-December-2010, 16:51
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Big Ps just had a txt alert
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Bonkers will be along to give him a hand.
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Old 17th-December-2010, 17:22
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Not a wise choice of words...
Indeed...
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Old 17th-December-2010, 18:39
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If you want to do something quickly get some of the spray that's sold to polish dashboards. It's silicone with a bit of perfume. Not as good as the pure stuff but you can pick it up from a supermarket.
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Most anything silicone based will help; I actually use furniture polish of all things, sprayed onto cloth then wiped around seals.
Helps in two ways: Water/moisture doesn't stick around on silicone, and the very little that does is not enough to do any damage/freeze up.
DO NOT use Vas or WD, BOTH degrade rubber, and surprisingly quickly too!
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Default Re: Vaseline on door seals?

halfrauds do a medium sized can for 4 or thereabouts. Did all my doors and the locks in about 10 minutes. make sure you do the felt on the outer edge of the door (the L322 has it - not sure about the earlier models) as that's where a lot of the moisture gets trapped. (vaseline will perish rubber so follow the others' advice)
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Not a wise choice of words...

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Ok went up to the bedroom and took the silicone spray out of the dildo draw, and wiped some along the drivers seal door, and did my boot button (it was stuck in the in position) left it to do its thing, well i actually thumped it a few times to no avail, anyway went out for a smoke a few hours later, and low and behold..... it was in the out position, so it works, i will now replace the wife's silicone, with Vaseline in her knickers draw.......
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