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If you reside in the snow belt and you do decent amount of driving each day, it pays to get the kind of vehicle that can safely negotiate with icy roads. But no matter how well it performs during winter, your ride may not be good enough in protecting itself against the rigors of winter driving. More often than not, you'll find yourself locked out in your car due to a frozen door lock. How bad is that if you're running late for work on a busy morning?

Fortunately for you, such a problem is easy enough to solve with the help of some household items such as lighter, hair dryer, and hand sanitizer. Here are the four ways to de-ice your car door locks without damaging them:

Heated key method

Sometimes, all it takes to get those frozen tumblers in your door locks moving once again is a little warmth. And one way to do it without making any damage to the door lock mechanism is to use your key.

What you'll need:

  • Lighter or matches
  • Thick hand gloves

Step 1: Wear thick hand gloves, and with the lighter or match sticks, heat the key.

Step 2: Insert the heated key into the door lock you're working on. The heat will de-ice the lock and let you open the door. If the first attempt didn't work, try it once more. If you still have no luck, try the other methods.

Hand sanitizer method

Hand sanitizers have alcohol content that can help melt or at least loosen the ice that has formed inside your door locks.

What you'll need:

  • Cotton swab
  • Hand sanitizer

Step 1: Spray hand sanitizer into the affected lock. With a cotton swab, guide the sanitizer into the lock so it penetrates into the frozen components.

Step 2: Also put sanitizer on both sides of that part of the key that you insert on the door lock to open the door. Insert the key into the lock. If this method doesn't do any wonder, proceed to the next one.

Hair dryer method

The hair dryer can be used to either heat the key or the lock itself to help melt the ice that may have been stuck inside. A portable dryer that's battery operated is more advisable especially if you don't have electrical outlet near the area where the vehicle is parked.

What you'll need:

  • Hair dryer

Step 1: Turn the dryer on and set it to high and hot heat. Aim the heat at the frozen door lock for at least three minutes, making sure the hot air gets inside the key hole of the affected lock.

Step 2: Once the ice on the outside part of the lock has melted, heat the inside part of the key and slide it into the key hole. This will help thaw the remaining ice that may be lurking inside the lock.

De-icer method

The most popular way to fix iced-up door locks is to use de-icers. You can use either a de-icer spray or that amall de-icer device that comes with heated probe and flashlight and can usually be hung along with your keys, in the keychain.

Instructions for de-icer spray:

Steps 1: Squirt a few drops of de-icer in the door lock. Make sure there are some that gets into the key hole.

Step 2: You can direct the liquid de-icer into the hole using a cotton swab. To prevent the locks from freezing once again, spray de-icer into each lock at the end of the day when you'll no longer take the vehicle out for a drive.

Instructions for battery operated de-icers:

Step 1: Position the de-icer probe into the frozen lock and activate it by merely pressing the .on. button.

Step 2: Keep it on until the door lock de-ices. Do the same for the other frozen locks.

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  • 4 Easy Ways to Unlock and De-ice a Frozen Car Door Lock

    If you reside in the snow belt and you do decent amount of driving each day, it pays to get the kind of vehicle that can safely negotiate with icy roads. But no matter how well it performs during winter, your ride may not be good enough in protecting itself against the rigors of winter driving. More often than not, you\'ll find yourself locked out in your car due to a frozen door lock. How bad is that if you\'re running late for work on a busy morning?

    Fortunately for you, such a problem is easy enough to solve with the help of some household items such as lighter, hair dryer, and hand sanitizer. Here are the four ways to de-ice your car door locks without damaging them:

    Heated key method

    Sometimes, all it takes to get those frozen tumblers in your door locks moving once again is a little warmth. And one way to do it without making any damage to the door lock mechanism is to use your key.

    What you\'ll need:

    • Lighter or matches
    • Thick hand gloves

    Step 1: Wear thick hand gloves, and with the lighter or match sticks, heat the key.

    Step 2: Insert the heated key into the door lock you\'re working on. The heat will de-ice the lock and let you open the door. If the first attempt didn\'t work, try it once more. If you still have no luck, try the other methods.

    Hand sanitizer method

    Hand sanitizers have alcohol content that can help melt or at least loosen the ice that has formed inside your door locks.

    What you\'ll need:

    • Cotton swab
    • Hand sanitizer

    Step 1: Spray hand sanitizer into the affected lock. With a cotton swab, guide the sanitizer into the lock so it penetrates into the frozen components.

    Step 2: Also put sanitizer on both sides of that part of the key that you insert on the door lock to open the door. Insert the key into the lock. If this method doesn\'t do any wonder, proceed to the next one.

    Hair dryer method

    The hair dryer can be used to either heat the key or the lock itself to help melt the ice that may have been stuck inside. A portable dryer that\'s battery operated is more advisable especially if you don\'t have electrical outlet near the area where the vehicle is parked.

    What you\'ll need:

    • Hair dryer

    Step 1: Turn the dryer on and set it to high and hot heat. Aim the heat at the frozen door lock for at least three minutes, making sure the hot air gets inside the key hole of the affected lock.

    Step 2: Once the ice on the outside part of the lock has melted, heat the inside part of the key and slide it into the key hole. This will help thaw the remaining ice that may be lurking inside the lock.

    De-icer method

    The most popular way to fix iced-up door locks is to use de-icers. You can use either a de-icer spray or that amall de-icer device that comes with heated probe and flashlight and can usually be hung along with your keys, in the keychain.

    Instructions for de-icer spray:

    Steps 1: Squirt a few drops of de-icer in the door lock. Make sure there are some that gets into the key hole.

    Step 2: You can direct the liquid de-icer into the hole using a cotton swab. To prevent the locks from freezing once again, spray de-icer into each lock at the end of the day when you\'ll no longer take the vehicle out for a drive.

    Instructions for battery operated de-icers:

    Step 1: Position the de-icer probe into the frozen lock and activate it by merely pressing the ?n?button.

    Step 2: Keep it on until the door lock de-ices. Do the same for the other frozen locks.