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Door Lock Covered In Ice?

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Door Lock Covered In Ice?

When you park in an uncovered area during winter, you may be used to the typical routine of cleaning snow off of your car and scraping ice off of your windshields, but what happens when you attempt to get into your car only to find the locks are frozen shut? Blame it on the perfect combination of ice, snow, and temperature fluctuations. Now what?

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent a frozen lock, and there are a few hacks to quickly unfreeze your locks so you can get into your car, defrost your windows, and get on with your day. Even better, you may already have many of these items at your convenience.

Lighter: Use a lighter or match to heat the key up, then gently push the heated key into the lock to help melt the ice. Be sure to use a metal key and take precaution not to melt a key that might have a plastic top.

Drinking Straw: If you have a drinking straw, you can you it to blow air directly on the frozen lock. The heat from your breath should melt the ice.

Magnet: One way to prevent a frozen lock is to place a magnet over the lock overnight and when you park your car.

Vaseline: Vaseline and WD-40 both work for melting ice in addition to preventing frozen locks. Lubricate your key and turn the lock several times about once per week.

De-Icer: It’s a good idea to keep a few cans of de-icer handy in case of a frozen emergency.

Hair Dryer: If you have an extension cord and a hair dryer, this method will not fail.

Avoid breaking your key off in the lock and take your time. Repeat steps as needed until your locks become free of ice.

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I recently brought my car in to have the broken passenger window replaced. The guys at Frank’s were very professional and the prices were good compared to other places. I’d recommend to anyone. Thanks guys!

Sandra G. - Google Reviews

Couldn't ask for a better establishment! I been driving around with a cracked windshield for longer than I should have. Finally had am off day and dropped them off my car. I was running late to pick up the car and they were very accommodating. Some places would make you wait until next day. Reasonable straightforward prices. They have gained a customer for life.

Eric B. - Google Reviews

Once again, frank’s auto glass came through. The price was exceptional the service was great, I would highly recommend anybody who needs class work, Should come here. I’ve done business with Frank and his family for many years, and I always leave satisfied. They don’t make them like this anymore. So five stars in Bravo.

Matthew W. - Google Reviews

Frank’s was great. They didn’t have my windshield in stock and had to order one, but they were ready for me the next day. The work was completed very quickly, and the staff were all friendly. The price was fair. Would go back again if necessary!

Aislinn - Google Reviews

I am extremely happy with the service I received from Frank's Auto Glass Repair. The replacement took a few hours because of the business' excellent service that it is first come first served. I have nothing but good things to say about this business. I pray I do not need another one anytime soon but I will definitely refer family and friends for premier services!

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