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PSA: Don't buy an RSI Smartcap if you live in a cold climate - frozen locks

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016-2023)' started by burtonator, Feb 22, 2023.

  1. Feb 22, 2023 at 11:46 AM
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    burtonator

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    My RSI Smartcap's locks are completely frozen right now.

    Can't get the key in... One side was completely unlocked but I can't even push the padlocks to flip to open my cap.

    This could literally kill someone in the wrong weather.

    Right now it's about -15C with about 6" of snow on the ground and I can't get to my cold weather gear as it's completely locked/frozen inside my Smartcap.

    I mean it makes sense as this is a South African company with no experience with snow.

    However, they need to do a product recall if this is the best they can do.
     
  2. Feb 22, 2023 at 11:48 AM
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    Just_A_Guy

    Just_A_Guy I miss snow

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  3. Feb 22, 2023 at 11:50 AM
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    I've had a few different caps over the years and this has happened to all of them in extreme temps. Little hot water or heat gun thaws em out quickly.
     
  4. Feb 22, 2023 at 11:50 AM
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    Klickitat Phil

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    I've never seen a canopy lock that doesn't freeze in the winter. Spray some alcohol in there to melt the ice.
     
  5. Feb 22, 2023 at 11:52 AM
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    hiPSI

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    Really. I heard that if you mix humid air or water with cold temperatures you get frozen things. Here... let me help you out...
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    Pretty sure mother nature does not care what brand of cap or what lock you have on anything. Get it cold enough with moisture and *magic* it's froze up.
     
  6. Feb 22, 2023 at 12:09 PM
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    canuck guy

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    Hairdryer on high works in a pinch too.
     
  7. Feb 22, 2023 at 12:18 PM
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    OnHartung'sRoad

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  8. Feb 22, 2023 at 12:21 PM
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    jwctaco

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    KEEP YOUR LOCKS REALLY WELL LUBRICATED
     
  9. Feb 22, 2023 at 12:21 PM
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    eurowner

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    This can happen to any automotive lock cores during the winter.


    Inhale deeply, pucker up, gently slowly blow your steamy exhalation into the lock core, take the key out of your warm pocket, insert, and unlock.
     
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  10. Feb 22, 2023 at 12:22 PM
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    WITH GRAPHITE ONLY
     
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    You’re going to get his lips stuck to his truck doing that! :rofl:
    :anonymous:
     
  12. Feb 22, 2023 at 12:26 PM
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    Bic lighter ,heat up your key and insert
     
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    The doors on my Taco froze shut a few years ago in an ice storm. Couldn't even pull the handle. I could have died. Toyota should recall them and reimburse me for my pain and suffering, if that's the best they can do.

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    cold kills

    blame mother nature, not rsi

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  15. Feb 22, 2023 at 12:37 PM
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    Just_A_Guy I miss snow

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    Responses have not disappointed.

    Hey so, if it’s 120 degrees out and the seat belt metal burns your hand, will Toyota assist? Clearly a defect.
     
  16. Feb 22, 2023 at 12:37 PM
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    It’s not Friday yet… :rofl:
     
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    Alu-Cab has covers for this. One of the reasons I bought theirs instead.
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  18. Feb 22, 2023 at 12:43 PM
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    Keep a bottle of blaster lock lube / de-icer in the glove box. Always good to have lube handy. Almost Friday, I can sense it.
     
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  19. Feb 22, 2023 at 12:43 PM
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    RustyGreen

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    Move over, this might get interesting before the :locked:...

    :popcorn::popcorn:
     
  20. Feb 22, 2023 at 12:45 PM
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    I almost added that into my reply :rofl:
     

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