Saturday, December 17, 2016


I had a social event to attend this evening in Eagle.  On the way home, it was 3o F.  So cold that one of the rear doors on the Jaguar would not fully close.  When we reached home, it closed fine.  I suspect that the lubricating agents used in the latch aren't suited to these sort of temperatures.  In spite of a northern latitude, every part of Britain is close enough to the ocean that they just don't get this kind of cold.  I do not think that I have ever seen this problem with GM cars, which are engineered with the Dakotas and prairie provinces in mind.


  1. I've had this in a Ford, so I think it might be a bit of residual Ford heritage. I also see 3°f quite routinely.

    I've found it useful to keep two 1" ratchet straps with the emergency supplies in the car. Most often they get used with a blanket when some antique furniture deal presents itself unexpectedly, to secure said antique to the roof of the car, or to secure heavy items so that they don't shift forward and kill me in the event of a panic stop. But it turns out to be useful for holding a door closed in those times when it will not latch.

  2. It's not just proximity to the ocean that is important, it's the Gulf Stream. Without it most of Europe would be uninhabitable.

  3. It's not just the proximity to an ocean that matters, it's that the ocean contains the Gulf Stream. Without the Gulf Stream most of Europe would be uninhabitable.

  4. I would imagine that dealers in your area should know how to deal with your problem.

    Basically, solvent wash the moving parts and use a dry lube, like graphite, or one of the high tech dry gun lubes. (I suspect some of them are a graphite base)