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How To Prevent Car Doors From Freezing

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In the winter months, the cold temperatures can cause moisture around your car doors to freeze, effectively locking you out of your car in the morning until you manage to defrost the entire area with a hair dryer or a similar tool. To avoid the effort and time that are associated with this massive inconvenience, there are a couple of things that you can do to proactively ensure that your car doors and locks do not freeze shut once the temperature dips:


One of the best ways to ensure that water doesn't get into the seam where your door meets the body of your car is to clean it. This will remove dirt and other obstructions that allow moisture to find its way into the seal. All you need is a clean rag and a bowl of soapy water: make sure to wipe down the entirety of the door frame, as well as the edge of your car's door, to remove any stuck on debris. Let it air dry for a few minutes, and then go over you just cleaned with a separate, dry rag to remove any remaining moisture. In a similar vein, you may want to apply a lubricant designed for use on rubber to the rubber seal that goes around your door: this can help prevent the seal from breaking down and developing gaps that allow water to pass into your doorframe.

Cover the Door

Perhaps the most obvious way to keep your car doors from freezing shut is to cover them with some sort of tarp or similar material. This keeps ice, snow, and moisture away from your car door, and helps insulate the door from the exterior temperature. In a pinch, a trash bag will likely perform the same function: just make sure that it is weighted in place and won't shift in the middle of the night due to a hefty winter breeze.

Protecting the Locks

Beyond the door, your car's locks can actually freeze over. In order to stop this from happening, you should apply chemicals that will prevent moisture from freezing to both the exterior and interior of the lock. The most common and effective chemical to do this with is simple rubbing alcohol: you can wipe it onto the surface of the lock to prevent ice from building up and blocking the hole. To coat the inside, you should dip your key in rubbing alcohol and then insert it into the lock. You may want to insert it several times to ensure that the interior is properly coated.

Contact a company like DiNardo Foreign Motors for more information and assistance. 


19 September 2017