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1997 Jeep Wrangler Door Lock Gets Stuck in Cold Weather

I have a 1997 Jeep Wrangler. When the weather gets cold the drivers side door lock will not open with the key or if I push the button on the door lock from the inside. The door lock switch on the inside will rock between open and close, but will not open. If you push on the door and keep pushing the lock button from the inside you can eventually get it unlocked. Does not happen in the summer. What parts do I need to purchase to repair? Key fits in the lock from the outside just fine.

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  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    This also happens to my Jeep every winter...this solution works.

  • dchurchill17 Mar 02, 2009

    I have a similiar problem except that ming won't work at any time, summer or winter. I can't figure how to open the door since the lock won't unlock the door. The key turns, the rocker interior lock moves, but the door won't open. It worked fine until I locked the door from the inside and tried to unlock it from the outside with a key. Everything worked as I think it should except the door won't open now.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    horn blows when door is opened or when I reconnect the battery...seems something is arming the alarm when the doors are unlocked


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Shopping list: Spray can of "White Lithium grease" and a spray can of WD-40 or similar penetrating lubricant, and spray the door latch assy, inside out, with WD-40 first. Even if you have to put window down & aim spray nozzle from top at area of latch, and soak it. Stick the nozzle inside the key slot also, and give it a few squirts. After you let it sit for a minute or 2 start working the lock on door, lock ,unlock, lock, unlock, until you feel it getting easier, now do same with key, until it starts to loosen up. Once you get it working freely, give it a few minutes, and do same with "white lithium grease". That will hopefully protect it from seizing (rusting) up again. Every once in a while when you think of it, give latch another shot of lithium grease. I usually try to do mine before & after winter, or whenever I start to feel it getting a little stiff again. Worst thing is the glass you have to clean if you aim spray too much toward glass, but small price to pay for not having to pull door panel off. If your door panel is easy to get off to allow for better access to back of latch assy, that would definately be better, but that's up to you & your experience with tools. Then you can be sure you got all the related linkages lubed where they need to be.

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