Frozen car locks are very common during winter, especially during the cold nights and if your car is sitting outside the garage. Normally, the heat from the sun would melt the thin ice that would form in your car locks. However, there are instances that the ice forms in the space between the car door and the car body that would make the car door welded shut. The cold weather can also freeze the car door mechanism which would make it unserviceable. If you don’t want to bother yourself with menial tasks of unfreezing your car door you may call the service of locksmiths in Kwinana to do the task for you.
For those who want to save a few bucks, you may try to do the unfreezing on your own. Here are some few practical and tested ways on how to open frozen car locks.
- Try another door. The easiest and the fastest way to bypass a frozen car door are to try another door. If the door on the driver’s seat is frozen, try the other three passengers’ door or the back door. Most of the time, only one of your door is frozen shut and you can gain access your car on the back doors or the passenger’s door.
- Use hairdryer or heat gun. You can easily melt the ice off the car lock, handle and the space between the car’s body and door by blowing hot on the frozen area. Just make sure not to apply too much heat or you might melt some of the lock’s component. If you are using a heat gun, aim the gun at least 6 inches away from the car door, and 3 to 4 inches away if you are using a hairdryer.
- Use lighter. If you don’t have a hairdryer or heat gun, a lighter can help to melt the frozen car door lock. Just be careful not to apply too much heat for it might melt some component of the lock.
- Use de-icer. De-icers are made for the purpose of melting ice. Spraying de-icer on the frozen car door generally works in loosening the ice in just a few seconds.
- Call a locksmith. If one or the combination of the methods stated above will not work on unfreezing your car door, it is the time to call your trusted locksmiths in Kwinana to the do the unlocking of car frozen lock.
What to avoid when your car lock is frozen?
Do not pour hot water on your frozen lock. Although, common sense would tell you that hot water will melt the ice but hot water can cause damage to your lock and the seals surrounding it. Plus, the water you pour may also freeze again and meld your car door shut again.
Do not apply too much force your car door or lock to open or use an object like pry bars or screwdriver or might end up having damaged car door.