Last winter the drivers door on my Range rover Vogue 3l kept freezing. Once the weather warmed up its ok. has anyone any suggestions that I could do before winter sets in again. I do-not have a garage. Cheers
My wife's BMW had this happen to the driver's door as well. I think they are probably the same latch design (they look like the same thing anyway). I tried everything, lubricated it as much as possible (it is a sealed unit)... nothing worked. In the end I just bought a new latch and it has been fine. The latch was almost $200 though
After installing the new one, I took a hack saw to the old one to see what was inside. There are a bunch of moving parts which were badly corroded. I guess in the cold they just didn't move as well, but when warm it worked.
Every time it got below 20F we had to climb in from the passenger side because even if you used a hair drier to warm it up and get it open, it would sometimes not close afterwards, or freeze again later if the car got cold sitting in a parking lot.
Actually on second thought it looks a bit different from the BMW latch... but still not sure exactly how much is accessible to be lubricated. It is probably worth a try to see if you can clean and lubricate first.