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Old 02-04-2009, 10:12 PM   #1
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Ice in Doors

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Does anyone have ice buildup on the inside of their doors, making them difficult to open? Not iniside the car, but inside the door hinges, where if you open the door, the ice pushed out on the sheet metal.

My passenger side door actually got bent out down by the corner where the emblem is. Does anyone know if this is an expensive fix? It's such a pisser, too, because I just got my car back from a bunch of body work.


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Yup, a design flaw. They should have put a piece of metal or plastic to cover the insulation, it seems to grab and hold the snow and water and freeze. The wipers also do a good job of depositing snow there too.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:19 AM   #3
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Glad to know I am not the only with this problem. This does not diminish the feeling I get when I hear that awful sound when trying to open my drivers door. Could hardly squeeze into the drivers seat last week. Did not force the issue and beleive that I have not damaged anything.

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Yup its a known problem. GM Design Flaw.. Not sure how bad it got bent however as Light as the Sheet metal is on our Car's you might be able to just bend it back.

This is why i open the door's nice and slowly now.
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I noticed this much more last year when it got above freezing and melted water would run down and re-freeze inside of the door. Since we haven't got above freezing in over a month (here in Michigan) I haven't seen this happen much. There is one good thing about it being so cold.
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Yeah,I noticed ice on my door hinge the other morning so knocked it off.I agree,a design flaw.Probably due to cost cutter engineering.
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How do you knock it off when its inside the door? this flaw makes me sooo mad.
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Yeah,I noticed ice on my door hinge the other morning so knocked it off.I agree,a design flaw.Probably due to cost cutter engineering.
Engineers don't cost-cut. Click the image to open in full size.

Managers and bean-counters do. Then they blame the engineers when it goes wrong.
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Engineers don't cost-cut. Click the image to open in full size.

Managers and bean-counters do. Then they blame the engineers when it goes wrong.
You go Jeff!
I'm an engineer and I get requests to "cut stuff" every day... I spend more time trying to keep things that I believe are necessary (that the accountants don't) then I do designing new things.
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Yeah, you also get asked if a part fits, not if it works. We had a situation a few years back where the engineers were told to confirm an axle spec. It met the spec, but was to light weight for the truck application. Bean counters didn't want to pay the extra for the part needed.
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