I have asked this question in the past. followed advice and still have issue. See Van sliding door frozen shut I recently purchased a 2004 Toyota Sienna. I do not have electric doors. when it is cold I cannot open my doors. I've tried cleaning the seals and I sprayed it with a silicone based lubricant. the other day it would not open so I forced it open. the door fell off the track, I did fix that. I did not see any sign of moisture on the seals after I forced it open. I'm thinking of buying a car port and leaving my windows open a bit, in hopes that moisture would leave the van. is that a good idea? what are some other potential causes and fixes of this problem?

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    See mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/60865/10976
    – Solar Mike
    Dec 24, 2018 at 17:07
  • you are correct I have done everything you have mentioned. you are correct, the slightest freeze locks it. how would I go about removing the locking mechanism.
    – Terry
    Dec 24, 2018 at 20:50
  • m.youtube.com/watch?v=n6ncTH6UO1U you have sprayed the weather stripping with a water repellant and you sprayed the 2 -3 hinges that the door slides on right as well as the groove or track that it follows with a heavier lubricant
    – user38183
    Dec 24, 2018 at 20:52
  • also, I should have mentioned. if I press the unlock Button, the door will unlock. but will not open
    – Terry
    Dec 24, 2018 at 20:56
  • I'm going to throw a guess and say it's the weak spring, it needs to be replaced or soaked. When the door is froze and you get it open does the lock ever stick open
    – user38183
    Dec 24, 2018 at 21:00


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