Frozen Locks

by Joe Ferguson on January 18, 2013

No matter how well you prepare for winter, this bitterly cold time of the year will find a way to throw you a curveball. One way frigid temperatures can throw a wrench into your day is if they freeze your car door or locks, making it impossible to get inside.

Frozen locks can make venturing out into the cold morning air to warm up your car an infinitely frustrating task. You’re already frozen to the core, cursing the season as your car key won’t even make it half way into the door lock, and you haven’t even had that first cup of coffee yet. You may be asking yourself why you haven’t upgraded your car to keyless entry.

As irritating as this can be, don’t get a hot head. It won’t melt the ice in your car door lock and will only compound your frustration. There are some things you can try before having a meltdown in your driveway for the neighbors to see.

De-Icing a Frozen Car Door Lock

De-icer products work perfectly for this task – the job description is right there in the name of the product. Try keeping some extra cans or bottles of this miracle liquid in the garage. If you keep your de-icer in the car and the car is frozen shut, it’s the same as having none at all.

If you are out of de-icer (or have unwittingly stored it in a car that’s frozen shut) you can try heating up your key. Using gloves or mittens, wrap up the key and use your body heat to warm it.

This could get the key hot enough to melt the ice that has lodged itself in your door’s lock. If you’re too cold-blooded to heat the key on your own, run it inside and use a hairdryer. Just don’t put it in the microwave, which could make your morning much, much worse.

If you can’t take the frustration, and you try to force twisting your key into the frozen lock, you could end up with a much bigger problem. If you do end up with broken keys, make sure you have a trusted auto locksmith and some Aspirin on hand.

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