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Bucksnort101

Freezing Locks?

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Wondering how you keep the locks on yor Truck Toppers from freezing up in the cold temps. Tried everything from spraying with Lock De-icer to using the little rubber covers over them, but somehow they keep getting moisture in them and they freez up and will not turn when it gets cold.

Have to take a mini torch to them to get the key in all the way and have the lock turn.

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Use a high quality penetrating lube, not wd-40!

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Thanks for the info. I seldom use WD-40 for anything, unless it's the only thing available. Stuff gets too sticky when it dries and every bit of sand, dust, etc. sticks to it.

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If possible, take the hardware off and soak or spray it with Iso Alcohol. That will displace any moisture. Don't buy the lock deicers you find for cars. Pick up a quart of it for 99 cents somewhere.

Either leave it like that, or use a greaseless lube and spray all of the moving parts. Be careful not to get it in the key hole. There, a dry lube like Graphite works best.

Seems like a lot of work, but it works! I've done this to several pad locks (both combo and keyed) at work that spend their life outside, and have never had a problem afterwards.

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I don't screw around with any of that stuff anymore. I just keep a butane torch behind the seat, and give it shot of blue flame right in the key hole. Works like a charm.

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Silicone spray would be my choice. Since I started using it I havent had a problem. It displaces the water and doesnt collect dust like other stuff does.

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I don't screw around with any of that stuff anymore. I just keep a butane torch behind the seat, and give it shot of blue flame right in the key hole. Works like a charm.

And you can also heat up your key as well

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One thing I would like to add, if you use the butane torch method, and I speak from experience. Make sure after you apply the torch, you use a glove to open the handle. If not, the hissss that you hear wouldn't be a beer opening.

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I agree with the silicone spray. Works awesome.

This works well on the rubber door seals as well.

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