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Old 10-23-2013, 09:31 PM
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For the second year in a row now when it starts getting cold outside my tailgate latch doesn't want to work. It'll open just fine but it wont latch when I close it until I wiggle the one side free. Is it possible the grease is freezing? Any suggestions? Big pain when I'm in a rush in the mornings.
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I personally would try either some white lithium grease or graphite. In my experience they seem to handle cold weather better. Also check to see if anything is stuck in there like sap. In the summer the sap stays thinner and hardens as the temperature drops. Had that happen to me on a trailer latch once.
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there is an answer on the internet, i recall it has something to do with a certain kind of lubricant, it does not freeze in colder climates
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As the others have said Lithium lubricant is your best bet, WD40 has just released a new Lithium based Lubricant in there specialist products, its perfect for door latches, locks and other areas like this. Its much lighter than regular lithium grease but keeps things loose in cold weather, you will need to clean your latches then apply liberally on the latch itself. Hope this helps.

http://www.wd40specialist.com/products
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Thanks for the help all... When I looked at the springs they were COVERED with dirt and what not. Cleaned those off and hit them with regular WD-40(already had some) and it's back to working like a charm. I never thought with those being that recessed they would've gotten that dirty but they were gross.
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i think you will discover that the WD-40 attracts dirt quicker
WD stands for water displacement
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FOOD GRADE SILICONE or FOOD GRADE MINERAL OIL
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3M 08897 Silicone Lubricant (Dry Type) - 8.5 oz.
"High quality silicone lubricant which eliminates rubber squeaks, prevents sticking and seals out moisture"
This product contains no petroleum oils to stain fabrics and will not freeze at -28 degrees F nor degrade at +350 degrees F

Most Lithium grease is only good to -5 F
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i think you will discover that the WD-40 attracts dirt quicker
WD stands for water displacement
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FOOD GRADE SILICONE or FOOD GRADE MINERAL OIL
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3M 08897 Silicone Lubricant (Dry Type) - 8.5 oz.
"High quality silicone lubricant which eliminates rubber squeaks, prevents sticking and seals out moisture"
This product contains no petroleum oils to stain fabrics and will not freeze at -28 degrees F nor degrade at +350 degrees F

Most Lithium grease is only good to -5 F
Agree! WD is a quick fix but something else, like the silicone, will give you a longer lasting fix.
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i would just keep an eye on it for now and see if accumulates dirt.
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