What should I do if my locks freeze?

January 11th, 2013 by

Some say prevention is the best medicine — and in the case of freezing door locks, we’d have to agree!

The best way to avoid this pesky cold-weather problem is to spray a little WD-40 or graphite-based lubricant on your locks early in the winter driving season. You may even want to go back and reapply from time to time.

If you do wake up one morning and find that your locks are frozen, try one of these trusty solutions:

· It may seem obvious, but check and see if any of your other door locks are in working order. If you are able to get in your car through another door, turn the car on and let it warm up for a few minutes. Your lock may thaw after a few minutes.

· Use an aerosol de-icer, available at many hardware and automotive stores. Keep in mind that planning is essential. Many people make the mistake of keeping these commercial de-icers in their cars, but if your locks are already frozen, this won’t do. Instead, keep a can at home and maybe even in your desk drawer at work.

· If you don’t have any de-icer handy, you can place your thumb or hand firmly against the lock and hold it in place for a few minutes. You may have frosty fingers (hopefully you’re wearing gloves), but it just may do the trick.