How to get into car with doors frozen shut?

By Product Expert | Posted in How To on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 at 3:46 pm
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Getting Into Your Car When the Doors Are Frozen Shut

For many, this past week has been not just the coldest of 2021, but the coldest in the past couple of years. With temperatures dropping well below -20°F here in our home state of Wisconsin and other states that don’t usually get any snow getting multiple inches of the white stuff, we thought now would be a good time share a technique that many northerners are familiar with.

Here’s how to get into your car when the doors are frozen shut.


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How to Unfreeze Your Car Doors

Luckily, getting into a car with a frozen shut door (or lock) is quite easy. You’ll need a container of hot water and a towel. Be careful after doing this process as it may create icy spots around your vehicle that could cause you to fall. Here’s how to do it:

  • Clear as much of the snow and ice off of the door seal as possible
  • Go to your kitchen sink and fill up a container with hot water
  • Starting at the top of the door frame, pour the hot water over along the door seal
  • Pull the handle and your door should open; if it doesn’t repeat the process with warmer water
  • Quickly wipe up any excess water on the door and the door frame
  • Repeat for all necessary doors and wipe up any excess water from the ground to avoid ice forming

And that’s it. If it’s your lock that’s frozen, pour the water over the housing but not directly into the key slot. Make sure to put the key into the slot quickly after the process has finished if the temperature very cold, as the lock could ice over again very rapidly.

Car Not Starting?

Many cars, especially older ones, have trouble starting when temperatures drop. This can be due to many different things, like a failed battery, a frozen fuel filter, fuel-injector failure, alternator failure, starter failure, and much more. Hall Mazda can help with all those problems. Give our Service team a call or schedule an appointment online.

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