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Old 15-01-19
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Default Dust proofing late model rear door lock?

Getting prepped for a central australia trip later this year with multiple dirt roads planned and thinking of dust incursion into rear lock.

Ive seen video of a guy who cut a hole in rear trip for access on his NM / NP so he could open the lock manually from inside the boot when it got stuck. Could have done that on my NP. Donít really want to do that in my NX.

Anyone got any ideas of either
A) what I should do / take on the trip to minimise likelihood of it jamming from dust - eg can of compressed air
B) how I could get access easily to the NX rear door lock if it gets stuck, without cutting into the plastic trim etc.
C) whether itís even a problem anymore on later models but I assume so as the lock looks the same


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I stuff at piece of foam (cut to size) up into the rear door handle opening to reduce dust from entering via rear door handle opening. I find that I can still open the rear door without removing the foam.
The main entry of dust is via the spare wheel carrier. If you open the spare wheel cover you will see that there is clear access for dust to enter the lock. I also place another piece of foam here to reduce dust entering the lock. This piece stays in place until I return home and then is removed to allow cleaning and removal of dust.
Also carry a can of Inox, just in case. Inox allows for removal of dust.
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I stuff at piece of foam (cut to size) up into the rear door handle opening to reduce dust from entering via rear door handle opening. I find that I can still open the rear door without removing the foam.

The main entry of dust is via the spare wheel carrier. If you open the spare wheel cover you will see that there is clear access for dust to enter the lock. I also place another piece of foam here to reduce dust entering the lock. This piece stays in place until I return home and then is removed to allow cleaning and removal of dust.

Also carry a can of Inox, just in case. Inox allows for removal of dust.

Excellent advice!! Thanks wazza! Foamís a great idea and wouldnít have thought to look in spare wheel carrier.


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I had a similar concern about being unable to unlock the rear door of my Challenger. Solution at post #1474 here:
https://www2.pajeroclub.com.au/forum...t=Lock&page=11

Pajero may have a similar mechanism to which you could apply this idea.
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I use a bit of foam stuffed in to the handle too but hadn't thought of looking inside the wheel cover. Two of us had issues opening the rear door after travelling through the back roads around Birdsville, Innaminka etc for 4 weeks. I managed to get it working with a bit of WD 40 spray but was worried that the dust turns to light mud inside. Still, it kept me going until I got home.
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Great info on keeping dust out of rear door lock and latch. Will have to look at the spare wheel enclosure. 6 weeks in bush in FN Qld started to make my rear door latch play up.
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Hey JJ, How did you go this year up 'north'?..... Hope you left some for Me....

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I've just had the same issue after driving the Oodnadatta Track and the two Lake Eyre PARs-lots of bulldust. I was really worried that the door had dropped its innards. Would have been fun pulling out the cargo barrier to get entry with the vehicle fully loaded. Eventually worked it open locking /unlocking and reefing. Silicone spray (lots of) seems to have prevented a recurrence for the moment. Will give the foam a go next trip. Thanks to wazza5 for the solution.
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I use the foam in the handle but also wash water into the lock latch area after every trip. It runs out a hole in the bottom ,of the door
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I've just had the same issue after driving the Oodnadatta Track and the two Lake Eyre PARs-lots of bulldust. I was really worried that the door had dropped its innards. Would have been fun pulling out the cargo barrier to get entry with the vehicle fully loaded. Eventually worked it open locking /unlocking and reefing. Silicone spray (lots of) seems to have prevented a recurrence for the moment. Will give the foam a go next trip. Thanks to wazza5 for the solution.
Fun alright...Simpson Desert, family of four, moving the cargo barrier is all we could do each night.
All part of the adventure.
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