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Yakima Roof Top Box Locks Freezing ?

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I've got a Yakima Skybox 18 for this season and it seems like the locks are very susceptible to freezing. Anyone else having this problem or have any solutions ?

 

Here's an example:  I put my skis in the box at my house (43 degrees F), drove 1.5 hours to the mountain, (18 degrees F) and the locks were frozen.  I live in the Seattle area, so it was a little damp that morning, but nothing drastic.  Also, this past week, when it was in the 20's in Seattle and single digits at the mountain - frozen.  

 

I've been holding the cigarette lighter from my car on the lock for about 15 seconds, and that works fine to thaw it out and unlock the box; however, if the cigarette lighter craps out - I'm outta luck !  Also, can the rapid heating and cooling eventually damage the lock ?

 

I do keep an old blanket inside the box to cushion the skis and keep them from moving around.  The blanket does get damp with the melted snow from the skis - could this interior dampness be causing moisture to get into the lock from the inside ?

post #2 of 6

In 3 years mine has  frozen once, after a car wash. All that really froze was the flap covering the key slot

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Originally Posted by ILOJ View Post

I do keep an old blanket inside the box to cushion the skis and keep them from moving around.  The blanket does get damp with the melted snow from the skis - could this interior dampness be causing moisture to get into the lock from the inside ?

 

I wonder if that's part of the problem.  I'm also in Seattle and I haven't had mine freeze up yet (although I haven't been using it yet this year).  But in past years, no problems.  Knock on wood.

 

I use a single bungie cord across the skis and it keeps them in place well, without a need for a blanket.
 

post #4 of 6

I picked up an older thule box on craigs and had the locks freeze the first time I used it.  I shot some lithium grease in the key holes (used a toothpick to hold the little cover flap over and squirted it in there).  No problems since.

post #5 of 6

locks'll freeze if there is water present and the temperature is below zero...

 

warm water in a squeeze bottle does pretty well...

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Originally Posted by splitter View Post

locks'll freeze if there is water present and the temperature is below zero...

 

warm water in a squeeze bottle does pretty well...



I agree with warm water, you run the risk of stressing the lock and breaking it with FIRE!

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