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Car Door Lock Frozen? Tips to Unfreeze It

Close-up of a key inserted into the lock of frozen car door in winter

Winter and the accompanying bitter winds can freeze car door locks. Use these quick and easy tips to combat the ice.


Frozen Door Locks:

Nothing can be more frustrating than finding your car door locks frozen when you are ready to leave. One way to prevent this from happening is to place a magnet over the lock overnight.


Another way to prevent frozen locks is to dip your key into Vaseline, put it into the lock, and turn the lock back and forth a few times. Repeat this to make sure the Vaseline is well-distributed onto the parts of the lock. This method should be done once a week during winter months. WD-40 can also prevent locks from freezing.


If you find the lock already frozen, you can spray de-icer into the lock. It is good to keep a few cans handy in the winter months.


If you do not have de-icer, heating up the key could offer a quick fix. Hold the key with an oven mitt or tongs and heat the key with a lighter or matches. The heated key inserted into the lock should melt the ice. If the key is made of only metal, you can heat the key while it is in the lock. Do not try this with keys that have plastic at the top.


As a last resort when all else fails, you can use a hair dryer. Plug the dryer into an extension cord, and direct the air at the lock. Make sure to block any wind with your body. When using this method, you can put the key into the lock to help direct the heat.




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