90 camry Door Will Not Stay Shut

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Old 13 Jan 2005, 10:25 pm   #1 (permalink)
kreipe
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Default 90 camry Door Will Not Stay Shut

My 1990 Camry (Old Brown) 260k miles is still going stong but its
having trouble keeping one of its doors shut.

Situation: 20 degrees F and the doors are stuck shut, I'm outside.
Finally get the passenger door to open with force and climb over to
drive and when I pull the passenger door shut it just bounces off the
car, no latching is going on. Did I break the lock or maybe the
spring? I can use a screwdrive and make the mechanisiam pretent it's
closing but it won't stay latched. It's night time now and very cold so
I put it in the garage and sprayed it with deicer and the penetrating
oil to try and work something free. Any help in similar situations
would be helpful.

Searching reveals lots of posts where the door is stuck closed... my
problem is opposite.

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Old 14 Jan 2005, 07:35 am   #2 (permalink)
Daniel
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Sounds like the latch is sticking.
Try moving the catch with a large screwdriver while observing action
when door is open. There is a plate that flips down into position over
the hasp on the door jamb attached to the frame of the car.
Then apply small amount of good quality general purpose, or blue or red
synthetic grease. Should be available at NAPA for under $3.
Very possibly latch is frozen in position.
May need to warm that area, spray WD-40 to disperse moisture, then
apply grease to protect.

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Old 14 Jan 2005, 08:57 am   #3 (permalink)
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Amazing!!! Nothing broken, like I was thinking. After the de-icer and
the WD-40, then sitting overnight in our garage (detached) the latch
works again. Hopefully this thread will give hope to those with
similar problems.
Oh yeah, Old Brown thanks you.

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Old 14 Jan 2005, 07:54 pm   #4 (permalink)
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On Fri, 14 Jan 2005 06:57:01 -0800, kreipe wrote:

> Amazing!!! Nothing broken, like I was thinking. After the de-icer and
> the WD-40, then sitting overnight in our garage (detached) the latch
> works again. Hopefully this thread will give hope to those with
> similar problems.
> Oh yeah, Old Brown thanks you.


I've been having this problem with Toyotas for 30 Years! The other thing
you can do is start the car and get it warm, with the door as closed as
you can get it. In about 10 minutes it will thaw out...
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Old 15 Jan 2005, 02:38 pm   #5 (permalink)
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hachiroku wrote:

> I've been having this problem with Toyotas for 30 Years! The other
> thing you can do is start the car and get it warm, with the door as
> closed as you can get it. In about 10 minutes it will thaw out...


Me too!!! Then I discoverd lube in an aerosol can. I use it every fall on
all hinges, latches and etc. I even use silicone spray on the rubber gaskets
on door, trunk and hood seals. I also use lock lube/penatrant (which I found
a Ford product to be the best) on all my locks cylinders.
Makes a much easier winter for me.
davidj92


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Old 15 Jan 2005, 06:09 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Sat, 15 Jan 2005 14:38:31 -0600, davidj92 wrote:

> hachiroku wrote:
>
>> I've been having this problem with Toyotas for 30 Years! The other
>> thing you can do is start the car and get it warm, with the door as
>> closed as you can get it. In about 10 minutes it will thaw out...

>
> Me too!!! Then I discoverd lube in an aerosol can. I use it every fall on
> all hinges, latches and etc. I even use silicone spray on the rubber gaskets
> on door, trunk and hood seals. I also use lock lube/penatrant (which I found
> a Ford product to be the best) on all my locks cylinders.
> Makes a much easier winter for me.
> davidj92


I'd bet it makes the doors *easier* to open when there's a bout of
freezing rain!
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Old 16 Jan 2005, 09:23 am   #7 (permalink)
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hachiroku wrote:
> On Sat, 15 Jan 2005 14:38:31 -0600, davidj92 wrote:
>
>> hachiroku wrote:
>>
>>> I've been having this problem with Toyotas for 30 Years! The other
>>> thing you can do is start the car and get it warm, with the door as
>>> closed as you can get it. In about 10 minutes it will thaw out...

>>
>> Me too!!! Then I discoverd lube in an aerosol can. I use it every
>> fall on all hinges, latches and etc. I even use silicone spray on
>> the rubber gaskets on door, trunk and hood seals. I also use lock
>> lube/penatrant (which I found a Ford product to be the best) on all
>> my locks cylinders.
>> Makes a much easier winter for me.
>> davidj92

>
> I'd bet it makes the doors *easier* to open when there's a bout of
> freezing rain!


It does, and there's less chance of tearing up the rubber gaskets with
freezing rain.


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