Annual Maintenance

Annual maintenance of the doors should include:
  1. Clean the contacts at the front of the door - fine sandpaper (as in picture - NOT black emery or wet-and-dry) the contacts until they shine (especially any blackened bits); wipe off and that's it (do NOT lubricate).
  2. Check upper and lower door runners for stones, damage, foreign bodies and wipe them down with a clean rag - do not lubricate.
  3. Lightly grease the door locking catch which is at the BACK of the door. Also add a tiny bit of grease on to the loop of the B-post actuator just where the lock latches on.
  4. The bottom "hinge" has a spring loaded arm that is supposed to operate the limit switch at the back of the door; this can seize up so I put a small amount of thin oil on this pivot (be careful with your fingers!).
  5. Lightly oil the ball joints on the underside of the lower hinge to make sure thay are free to move. Do it in situ - don't try to disconnect them as the cables are held taut by a strong spring. If the joints are stiff, it could create excessive flexing on the cable near the joints, which is where most cables seem to break.
  6. Check that the outside door handle is free and will return to the fully forward position under spring pressure. This handle can sometimes stick with lack of use and the door won't lock properly.
  7. In cold, humid, climates (eg UK) do clean & lubricate the door seals (see next paragraph).  This applies to all cars, not just the 1007.
Cold Weather

Cold isn't usually a problem, it is the humidity which can allow water to run in and freeze onto the seals. Icing troubles usually occur at or just below freezing. As the air gets colder it won't hold so much water so really cold climates are not a problem.

 A very thin smear of silicone grease  (or silicone furniture polish) will help to stop ice sticking the rubber seals together in the winter. Take time over this, there are many small contact areas and don't forget the ones on the door, especially the big one at the bottom of the door which can easily be missed.

Do not put too much on - wipe it off with your finger after applying or it will attract dust and dirt - or get on your clothes!

Do not use ordinary grease or Vaseline as these are petroleum-based and may attack the rubber in the seals