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Tis the season for icy car locks

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Tis the season for icy car locks

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter! With the cold weather upon us, we often get caught up in the beauty of snow, but what happens when those wintery conditions work against us to the point of preventing us from even getting into our cars?

For those days when you get to your car only to find a good layer of ice coating the windshield and locks, or on those days when the temperatures are simply very frigid, there are a few things you can do to  get you into your car and on your way.


De-Ice the lock

Purchasing a de-icer is a quick and reliable method of removing ice from your car lock so it is always a good idea to have some on hand in case you find yourself in a bind.  This specific concentration of isopropyl alcohol works to lower the freezing point of water. It will chemically bond with the ice causing it to melt back into its liquid form.


Warm the key

If de-icer is not an option for you, consider trying to warm the key using your hand or even with a lighter until it is warm. You do not want the key to be hot, but once it has been warmed you can try inserting it into the lock.  Be sure to protect your hands if you are using a lighter and do not direct the flame at any plastic part that may be on your key.


Heat the lock

If all else fails and you have an electrical outlet nearby, prolonged heating of the lock may help to melt the ice. Using an extension cord or a battery powered hairdryer may be useful to warm the lock to the point where you can get a key into it. While this method can help when done safely, it is important to remember that you should never heat your lock by pouring hot water over it.  Doing this will only create an increased likelihood of further ice build -up.


While these techniques should help break up most of the ice, frigid temperatures can still cause issues on your car doors and locks. If you are still unable to get into your vehicle, avoid causing damage to your car by calling  Pop-A-Lock. Their team of trusted locksmith professionals can help you with all of your lock-related winter woes.

To find a locksmith that you can rely on, choose Pop-A-Lock. For a business near you, search on by city name or postal code.