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Deicing car doors

Lynne Palizzolo has an urgent request tonight:

Anyone have a foolproof way of getting iced car doors open? Spray de-icers not working. Rather not wait til spring

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use the straw and aim it up and down in the locks and door seams

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If you're going to use it on locks, realize that WD-40 is not a lubricant and will dry out and ultimately seize up your locks. After cleaning out any moving parts with WD-40, they need to be lubricated. You can apply bike chain lube to a key and work it in the lock repeatedly, then wipe off excess. This works anytime you feel your locks beginning to get tough.

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electric blanket under a tarp or a hair dryer

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Heat the metal part of the key with a lighter until it is red hot. Careful. It may take a few tries. If it fails, squirt some 91% rubbing alcohol into the keyhole. It's the active ingredient in windshield and door de-icer but those products are watered down to far less than 91%.

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Nothing happens other than unlocking the door, because everything else is iced.

Hairdryer is a great idea. Also good: get the hatch open if you have one and crawl into the vehicle and start and run it with the heater cranked and all defrosters on.

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if you can safely get an extension cord out to your car.

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Who still uses a key to open a car door?

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Civil War reenactors.

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Probably people who can only afford cars with keys. Don't be an elitist A-Hole.

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Yeah, we have a car with one of those fob things, but even still, I couldn't get three of the four doors or the hatch open tonight - a thick layer of ice will do that (fortunately, the one door that worked, maybe because I had opened it earlier in the day, before the Freeze site in, was the driver's door, so I could get in and get the defrosters going and grab the scraper in the door pocket without worrying about injuring something).

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Boy , you got to pre treat the door lock openings with graphite !

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No joke - run it around the gaskets (it won't wreck them) before a storm hits. It will at least keep the gaskets from sticking and tearing.

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This is where a remote car starter comes in handy and you make sure to always leave the heat on high the night before.

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My dad has always kept an extra bottle of windshield wiper fluid around for icy storms. He puts the liquid around the seams of the door and within a few minutes the doors are de-iced enough to open.

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