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What To Do If Your Car Locks Freeze

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What To Do If Your Car Locks Freeze

In the winter, freezing temperatures can throw you a nasty surprise in the form of frozen car door locks. A frozen lock can be a terrible inconvenience, especially if you are in a hurry and need to get to work or school. Here’s what to do if your car door lock freezes and ways you can prevent it from happening again in the future.

 

De-icer

 

De-icer is the most reliable method of removing ice from your car lock, so it’s a good idea to keep a few cans on hand, just in case. Spray it on and into the locking mechanism, and spray your key, too. Spraying the key helps spread the de-icer into the inside of the lock to reach all the ice and melt it faster.

 

Heat the lock and the key

 

If you don’t have de-icer, you can try heating your key in your hand or with a lighter until it is warm, not hot, and insert it into the lock. You may have to do this several times in order to melt the ice, but it should work.

 

If you have an extension cord you can bring your hair dryer outside and heat up the lock that way, too. Just be careful not to overheat the lock because you could damage any rubber seals inside the door and around the mechanism. This means NO boiling water or excessively high temperatures when trying to remove the ice.

 

Prevention

 

Prevent locks from freezing by avoiding washing your car right before a freezing cold night. Water can get inside the lock and freeze up, causing you to have to de-ice it before you can get into the car.

 

You can also use petroleum jelly on your key to lubricate the lock and repel water to prevent freezing. Of course, the best way to prevent frozen locks is to park in your garage or another enclosed, warmer structure.