What to do if your car lock is frozen
- Useful Tips
- 22 May 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
In winter time it usually happens due to moisture stiffening inside the lock mechanism. At the same time, a car, warm after a long travel, is easily locked – the lock mechanism is defrosted. But when the owner comes back after a couple of hours of alpine skiing – an ice block is waiting for him in the place of lock.
At other times of the year, this problem arises when the car keys are shut inside the vehicle. This might be the work of the car alarm system or one of your compassionate friends, believing that the owner that is absent for a prolonged period of time just forgot to take care of the safety of his goods.
So how do you find a way inside the locked car?
If the lock froze up, never pour hot water on it. Such rapid temperature swing will buckle the door and the paint will peel off. Don’t try peeing there, too. You wouldn’t enjoy that nasty feeling afterwards, believe us. If push comes to shove, and if nothing else comes to mind – better pee in a plastic bag and press that warm thing against the door.
However, there are ways that are more peaceful. For example, if your key does not contain any magnetized elements, microchips and other immobilizer components (of which a proud manufacturer always does warn a buyer), you can warm it up by a conventional cig lighter, insert it into the lock, try to open it, get it out, warm up some more again, insert it again and so on. After 5-6 attempts the lock will defrost to a sufficient degree for you to be able to get into the vehicle.
Another option is wetting the key with brake fluid, which can always be found in the cars of your friends or acquaintances that you are parked next to.
After all, the best effect, by the way, is achieved using the lock de-icer liquid, thread soaking liquid, kerosene and other WD-40s.
If you are one on one with a car, and you got neither matches, nor a lighter, then perhaps you will find a few drops of vodka. This liquid also provides a lasting defrosting effect when the weather is not that cold. If you don’t have any of the above, try opening the hood. You can open the hood by groping for and finding a hood catch cable and pulling that properly. An open hood will give you an access to your car’s brake fluid tank.
But the best way to deal with the freezing of locks is lubricating those thoroughly with special protective substances before the start of the winter season. At the same time this is a good opportunity to rub all the weather strips carefully with any cream or wipe them with colorless shoe cream sponge or you can apply special car care products from the nearby auto shop as well.