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post #91 of 102 Old Apr 19th, 2012, 12:39 PM
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I know this is an old thread, but has anybody had any joy getting Nissan to deal with this issue?

My wifes 2005 X-Trail has had this problem for years. damp conditions, followed by a quick deep freeze is almost guaranteed to trigger the problem. With ours, what normally happens is that you can open a door, but then it won't latch again. It takes a hair dryer on an extension cord to thaw the locks again. We both love this vehicle, except for the frozen door lock issue. I may have to break down sometime this summer and open up the door panels and grease up the mechanisms. However, I shouldn't have to be doing this - Nissan should!
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post #92 of 102 Old May 1st, 2012, 12:53 AM
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I found that a liberal spraying of boeshield (or similar) into the door (through the gap when you pull the handle open) and over the latch mechanism stopped the freezing problem. I've found it works better than wd40 or spray silicone.

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post #93 of 102 Old May 1st, 2012, 06:23 PM
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Thanks for the response. I'll have to check that stuff out. I was thinking about removing the inside door panels and coating everything with lithium grease. May still do that, but we'll see...
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post #94 of 102 Old Jan 28th, 2013, 11:42 AM
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Frozen Door Lock, Actuator, X-Trail

This past fall, near Montreal, the temperature dropped below 0 C. and the door locks froze, all four passenger doors. They were either frozen shut or frozen open, as described here by most. As a footnote, every year, late summer, I spray the door rubbers with silicon to displace moisture and to discourage the rubbers from freezing to the metal. This has nothing to do with the locks but it does a great job of preventing the door from freezing to the body.

I learned a few things disassembling the doors and dehydrating and then lubricating the lock mechanisms. For one, since all the door locks are electric and remote, there is an electric actuator at the latch (the dirty part that you can see when the door is opened).

Removing the actuator revealed its ability to trap humidity. We pried off a rubber seal that fits over the contacts (the seal is a rectangle, rust-orange-clay colored), revealing a gap around each contact. That gap allowed access to spray a Mopar releasing spray (displace moisture and leave an oily residue). Spraying that stuff caused a lot of rust to rinse off and we were able then to watch the lock move much more freely. It was in the habit of sticking in the locked position, reluctant to release, even in the heated garage.

We also ran the Mopar stuff through the lock cylinders. On the actuator, we were able to see the spray(s) run through and out the bottom (holding the contact end up).

The next thing we sprayed is the BoeShield (mentioned in a prior post near this one). We sprayed that into all the same places.

We are supposed to get above-freezing weather this week, with rain, followed by below-zero cold. If that sequence does not freeze the locks, then I will know that this was worth the effort.

The X-Trail sleeps in an unheated carport so I can keep rain off of it.
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post #95 of 102 Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 09:51 AM
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Nissan X-Trail doors frozen up

I had my car washed up yesterday evening beacuse I should drive my old mother in my clean X-Trail today. Living in Stockholm we had -5 C and the drivers door lock froze up making the car unusable as the door lock would not shut.
So, my wifes Polo 1.4 helped me out this time.
In later reading the posts here, I noticed that I was not alone
with cold numb fingers fiddling with the lock.
Cold can be defeated with heat - and I eventually found an old hair dryer.
10 Minutes warming up- and- YES it worked again.
So happy for something that should not be neccessary in the first place.

Hopefully this helps someone.
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post #96 of 102 Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 11:09 AM
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Arapak, so right you are! My brother suggested hair dryer after I had already thawed the locks by running the car heater for 30-60 minutes.

I also used a magnetic heater. The magnet holds it onto the door (near the latch, which is where the electric lock actuator sits: this is what freezes up). The placement (location) of the heat is important because heating the key-lock cylinder is useless. What is frozen is at the latch.

At least you thought to wash the car yesterday! I washed my X-Trail again the other day and ... frozen door again. The other 4 doors are behaving well so I became adept at climbing over the seats.
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post #97 of 102 Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 11:48 AM
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Good to hear Randy. I guess humidity from the warm car wash water condense inside on the cold mechanism and freezes up, because cold alone does not matter.
Or the drivers door lock itself - as this door is most used- gets worn. There are som plastic cover on the lock-hooks which seem to be worn and when subejct to ice - blocs up.
Whatever, I have the cure- for now.
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post #98 of 102 Old Jan 12th, 2015, 09:08 AM
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I know this is an old thread, but the freezing problem still exists so I'll write my own experiences here, just in case someone searches for this.

I too have a 2004 X-trail with freezing doors. When below 0 celsius, the backdoors start to act up. I can open them once but upon closure they simply bounce back out. I've found a one-time workaround for this: If I keep the door in a closed position with my hand while locking the car, the door will catch and I can close it. Only problem is that it will stay locked until the mechanism is thawed. Good for getting to work though/in a hurry.

I also ripped the handle of my passenger door after a sudden temperature drop. The doors rubber seal was frozen stuck. Should have pushed it from inside.

I've already got a new handle assembly, and I'm also going to try to grease the backdoor mechanisms. Shall see if that works out. Despite being 4wd, this definitely isn't the perfect winter car!
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post #99 of 102 Old Jan 15th, 2015, 11:03 AM
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Welcome Turre. Freezing doors happens with lots of cars. With the X trail it usually requires a combination of freezing rain followed by a big drop in temperature. Its happened to me once most winters and most recently a week and a half ago when when after 6 hours of freezing rain the temperature dropped to -20 C. Only door that would open was passenger side but it allowed me to get in and start the car and after a drive and the interior having warmed up, all the doors worked fine. As you learned it can be an expensive mistake to force your door handles.
Anyway nothing is perfect in this world, but I still find the X trail pretty darn amazingly good in the winter, especially with winter tires.
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post #100 of 102 Old Jan 15th, 2015, 03:27 PM
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Thank you! Well yeah, I might be a bit quick in judging things. I also do think that the driving experience and 4wd capabilities of the X are great and I really like the car! Afterall I've had it for four years already.

It's just those little irritating things that make life difficult here up north. In addition to freezing door locks the 6cd-player tends to be unable to play CDs when cold. At it seems to take a long to heat up enought not to skip.

Luckily I found a used handle in matching color from a shop that takes vehicles apart. With a fair price tag. Will see if I manage to install it tonight.
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post #101 of 102 Old Jan 15th, 2015, 06:43 PM
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I can relate Turre, I always love mine until something is bad, but then go back to loving it again when all is working properly. I forgot about the freezing CD problem, I changed my system out a couple of years ago and in its case I have no problems with my usb when cold but in the summer when its hot it develops problems. What can you do, nothing is perfect lol.
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post #102 of 102 Old Jan 15th, 2015, 09:38 PM
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Once you re there lubricate the Glass slider and the cable.
My wife this mornig opened the window and had trouble closing it.
I had to pull it up otherwise the overload switch reopened it.
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