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Frustrating: Frozen Locks on Car - Any suggestions?
01-11-2015, 01:38 PM #1
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I've tried WD-40, hand sanitizer (mainly alcohol based) even stood out with a hair dryer for 20 minutes and nada.
None of the locks on the car will budge. Frustrating as hell.
Temp is -15 gaah.gif

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01-11-2015, 02:19 PM #2
White Ribbon call me
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minus 15? geez.. never been below minus 1 in my life, so cant offer any suggestions..

it was raining and 21 today at the beach and i was freezing my tits off.. 13.gif
01-11-2015, 02:22 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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It's windy too 13.gif
01-11-2015, 02:25 PM #4
White Ribbon call me
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has he tried urinating on it?

driving the car into the sauna?

driving to china?

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01-11-2015, 02:39 PM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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It needs to be driven for at least an hour to thaw it out, if I could get in the fekkin' door it would be a go.
I guess we're going to have to go and get some lock de icer spray, but I have my doubts as I've already used hand sanitizer which is chemically similar and works to displace moisture.
Damn Italian cars were not meant for this weather. Wouldn't have this dilemma with a SAAB, Volvo or even a Fjord.

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01-11-2015, 02:46 PM #6
failboat Incognito Anonymous
 
what if you heat a metal that fits in the lock with a lighter or something? :/

edit: lol.gif dunno if it's a good idea to heat your keys.
01-11-2015, 02:51 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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İmage
01-11-2015, 04:25 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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Ok, fixed it. The doors are open

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01-11-2015, 04:27 PM #9
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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hi5.gif Lock de-icer?

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01-11-2015, 04:30 PM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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We were on our way to buy some de-icer when the doors came open. yay.gif
01-11-2015, 04:33 PM #11
Ruby Wolf Member
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The last thing i want is my car key to break off inside the locks mechanism so i dont lock my car doors when its really cold outside like it was here a couple of days ago minus 5F with a minus 25F below zero wind chill and its 10F right now so that way i just open up the doors easily and hopefully you live in an area where you can occasionally leave your car doors unlocked...
01-11-2015, 04:38 PM #12
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I did the same deal as the de-icer with the hand sanitizer and Vaseline on the key, it just took a while to work and displace the ice.
Additionally, the rubber door seals all need to have WD-40 applied with a rag, as they were as big of an issue as the locks themselves.
We have an engine heater and car heater running as we speak. These temps can really wreak havoc. I recall working on a car when it was -35, and I broke 2 wrenches, and snapped a bolt in half - things start to get interesting at anything under -15.

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01-11-2015, 04:41 PM #13
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Yup, when he had that rain last week my car was coated in ice 1/3 inch thick. But I don't lock it so was able to get in.
01-11-2015, 05:00 PM #14
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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yup.gif There's no way in hell we'll lock the doors again with these kinds of temps. We're basically in a crime free area, and there's no Blaupunkt in the dash, so we should be okay.

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01-11-2015, 05:03 PM #15
Ruby Wolf Member
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(01-11-2015, 05:00 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  yup.gif There's no way in hell we'll lock the doors again with these kinds of temps. We're basically in a crime free area, and there's no Blaupunkt in the dash, so we should be okay.
And if you dont already do so you can also try leaving your wiper blades and arms turned upwards away from the windshield and outer dashboard as well and that will stop those from freezing up and too easily breaking when turning them on as they try tearing themselves away from the ice and while trying to chisel them out from the ice and snow (*-*)

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