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Old 02-12-2019, 09:31 AM
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did you pull the plugs to vent out the moisture for a few days? It will take a few days to dry out and reach equilibrium with the outside air. As the humidity level falls, it will draw out the rest of the dampness. The ghetto fix works if you really get in there initially with the WD-40 and displace moisture and add a very light lube to the mechanism and latch. Don't be timid. Soak it.
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did you pull the plugs to vent out the moisture for a few days? It will take a few days to dry out and reach equilibrium with the outside air. As the humidity level falls, it will draw out the rest of the dampness. The ghetto fix works if you really get in there initially with the WD-40 and displace moisture and add a very light lube to the mechanism and latch. Don't be timid. Soak it.
Yes, I didn't initially but when I did it to all doors they were pulled. Its hard for moisture to evaporate when it has been well below freezing for weeks. The power lock motors are enclosed and not accessible with spray. I have had the latch in my hand. Just realize that the ghetto fix does not work for everyone.
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Yes, I didn't initially but when I did it to all doors they were pulled. Its hard for moisture to evaporate when it has been well below freezing for weeks. The power lock motors are enclosed and not accessible with spray. I have had the latch in my hand. Just realize that the ghetto fix does not work for everyone.
I agree with you man , mines been in to dealer 4 times this winter , they have done everything ford has told them to do , Iíve did the ghetto fix myself 2 times and nothing has continued to work, the last time the dealer was pissed off that everything in door is covered in lube from the ďghetto fixĒ I performed myself , the fact is even after all this including ford replacing my latches/actuators, I still have the issue of it wonít open at all and then if it does open , it wonít relatch. so those who did the ghetto fix good for you, good that itís worked on yours but stop insisting that it works or will work on the rest of our trucks because it Dosent. And some of us bought our trucks used so no lemon law choice either....
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If you used WD-40 or PB blaster there should not be any extra coating unless the dealer on previous attempts used grease gun grease and packed the latches full of it. If the dealer did that, then you have more work to do to wash out that heavy grease. Some of the early fixes by Ford called for a lot of grease on everything to I guess seal up the mechanism, cables, and latches. Heavy grease willl work against you especially when cold and I can guarantee you they did not use low temp but probably white lithium.
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If you used WD-40 or PB blaster there should not be any extra coating unless the dealer on previous attempts used grease gun grease and packed the latches full of it. If the dealer did that, then you have more work to do to wash out that heavy grease. Some of the early fixes by Ford called for a lot of grease on everything to I guess seal up the mechanism, cables, and latches. Heavy grease willl work against you especially when cold and I can guarantee you they did not use low temp but probably white lithium.
I did mentioned they put in new latches on the 3 rd visit , they did not use lithium grease on them, I used the word ďlubeĒas a term but it was PB blast and wd40 that left everything greasy inside the door making it a mess, Iím not spraying anything else on the new replacement latches, I can only imagine in a few years the dust thatís going to start build up on everything that had these lubricant/ water displacers on them , causing a bigger issue that ford then will blame on the owner and not wanna cover the cost of fixing ...
Iíll give it to you on suggesting removing the plugs though ,which I have also done , that part makes logical sense to remove them for air to help remove moisture , but this continue sparying crap onto latches is gonna cause more issues later JMHO .... bottom line is there is a problem with the design of these latch/actuators and ford needs to step it up and come up with a new design to fix this problem...
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with the amount of water running into these doors, I think they will stay washed and dust free so I am not worried about that. Hey, they work, one step at a time I guess in dealing with these things but I am not at the end of a dirt or gravel road daily either.
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with the amount of water running into these doors, I think they will stay washed and dust free so I am not worried about that. Hey, they work, one step at a time I guess in dealing with these things but I am not at the end of a dirt or gravel road daily either.
Point taken Kevin , also on the latest fix they put some sort of stiff white thin foam up into weatherstripping , closing the gap some between the glass and weatherstripping at bottom of glass on outside of door, assume that’s supposed to help to prevent water from entering there?
one other thing I believe lots guys aren’t taking into consideration is the time of day there opening thier doors , I’m out the door at 4 am every morning and in winter months that’s about the coldest time day or night how ever you wanna put it ... I’d be curious how many doors latches with the fix are actually working at that time in the am .....


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Well I've just done the redneck fix since it warmed up this week to above freezing. In Vancouver it's been only -2C to - 5 or so (around 28F to 23F) which frankly isn't that cold but my driver's door and passenger door has been freezing
so I've taken the plugs out etc etc. It won't be perfect as KEVININCHICAGO says the current moisture has to be eliminated but hopefully it helps. It's such a PITA to screw around with this every morning. Thankfully this freezing does not
occur for long in Vancouver (usually a week at a time). I feel bad for those back East.
Well we've had minus temps and snow pretty heavy since Sunday night and I just left the truck with snow piling on it until
today. Didn't want to tempt fate and have an issue keeping door shut in the middle of a snowstorm.

So naturally the door latch itself is frozen on drivers side. Would have to force it open and obviously mechanism is frozen
so dealer appointment is finally here Friday and will keep it. Can't be much worse.
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Point taken Kevin , also on the latest fix they put some sort of stiff white thin foam up into weatherstripping , closing the gap some between the glass and weatherstripping at bottom of glass on outside of door, assume thatís supposed to help to prevent water from entering there?
one other thing I believe lots guys arenít taking into consideration is the time of day there opening thier doors , Iím out the door at 4 am every morning and in winter months thatís about the coldest time day or night how ever you wanna put it ... Iíd be curious how many doors latches with the fix are actually working at that time in the am .....

I did the DIY fix after at least 3 times of frozen latches. Never had a single issue since. I leave for work at, you guessed it, 4am here in Kansas. I would say around 6 or 7 times the temp has been under 10F.
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We had 2 weeks of brutal cold with snow and all that winter stuff the goes with it........
No problems at all..........
Then this past week when it had been dry for 4 days in a row my door wouldn't latch !
It wasn't even that cold out either......
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