6 Ways on How to Unfreeze a Car Door Lock in the Winter

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another tutorial video for everyone now

let's predict the video here I'll be

doing a demonstration how to unfreeze

your locks in the winter time now on

some vehicle manufacturers this is

something you will have to consult with

your owner's manual they are equipped

with a heated lock assembly now in this

particular vehicle here this is a 1997

BMW 540i when the vehicle is locked you

can pick the door and a lock for a

certain duration then this will activate

a heated element around the door lock

assembly here which in turn then melts

the ISO now not all vehicles are

equipped with that and as I mentioned

you will have to consult with your

owners manual about that now if you do

find that your lock is frozen uh what I

recommend that you don't do is that you

don't try to force it because what'll

end up happening here is you can either

damage the lock assembly on the inside

here even damage some of the mechanism

you can also bend this key or you can

even worst case scenarios break it off

and therefore you'll have a hard time

getting in your vehicle now if you do

have locks and other doors you can also

try those as well in order to get in

your vehicle and if all else fails you

can try these methods that I will

continue to talk about in a minute now

the first method which I'll be

discussing is using a heat gun or hair

dryer on this particular situation here

I do have a heat gun now we want to do

now you do have to be careful with this

considering it is cold outside and you

can risk the damage of paint especially

with a heat gun not so much with the

heat dryer because it doesn't have that

intensive heat we want to do just hold

it around the area here and just go

around until it does warm up the lock

assembly and melt the ice inside the

door lock once that is done you can then

go ahead and insert your key unlock the

vehicle now the next method which you

can use this for is you can also use

this to just heat the key up itself

I'm just the metal portion of the key

once you've warm that up you just want

it warm to the touch you can put it

inside the lock then let it sit there

for a second jiggle it around and then

it should be able to melt the ice inside

now something which I see is common on

the internet here and it's not something

I would recommend personally is people

do use a lighter to heat up the metal

portion of the key here similar type of

idea with the heat gun or hair dryer as

just mentioned a second ago normally I

wouldn't recommend that and there's a

few reasons for that one being that if

you get too intense with the heat here

you can end up melting the case on your

key fob or whatever that is or something

I do have a rubber casing on some have a

plastic casing it depends another

instance is that some keys are

rechargeable when you stick them in the

ignition therefore they do have a

contact with the battery in the inside

now if you do have a keyless remote

assembly like this is right here

there is also battery inside this as

well now if you get too intense with the

heat the heat can then transfer the

inside here and there is a possible risk

of damaging that battery or causing harm

to the control itself now another reason

which goes along with the battery

assembly is there is electronics inside

these and not all of them have

electronics this one is a keyless remote

therefore it does have electronics

inside you can also risk the damage of

destroying those electronics inside and

if you do that these can be very costly

replace which is why I don't recommend

using a lighter unfortunate I don't have

one on hand to show you but a lock the

eye sync tool can be used as well now

these are fairly inexpensive to buy you

can purchase them online for around $15

plus shipping

basically it acts almost exactly like

the key what you have here is you'll

have a just a metal portion that does

come out similar to what the key is

that's does slide in the lock assembly

here and have a box on the other side

which does hold the batteries now these

are battery-operated and basically what

it does it just heats up this metal

portion when you put it inside there

just for a few seconds and it just

creates enough heat in order to melt the

ice inside the lock assembly now it's

great to have because you can use it on

multiple vehicles you can use it over

again and the only thing you really have

to replace is the batteries inside now

another method which you can also use is

an aerosol can of lock the eyesore

basically what this does is similar just

to can of lubricant you just push it

inside the lock assembly here you can

see this little trap door does open and

you just spray it inside and force I

don't have me on hand to show you how

that works but all you do is just spray

it inside there and you let it sit for a

second and what that does in turn is it

melts the ice inside the lock and

therefore you're able to open the door

now another method which also works is

petroleum jelly or Vaseline

now unfortunately doesn't usually come

in a

you can it comes in a container so

therefore what you'll have to do is just

put a little bit on your finger put it

on the key here once it's on the key

then you just insert it a lock assembly

here you just move it around wheel it

around until you're able to turn the key

freely and open the door you can use

wd-40 now normally this isn't

recommended for long-term usage on locks

because what happens it doesn't wash

away the lubricant inside here and

basically what wd-40 does is it's a

water disbursement or moisture

disbursement so once you open that

trapdoor you have use your little nozzle

that comes along and just spray it

inside like so you let it sit for a few

minutes what this will do is it'll allow

the moisture inside the lock basically

disappear and basically just de-ice the

lock and therefore you're able to use

your locks now this isn't something for

long-term usage just as I mentioned a

minute ago therefore you'll want to add

a proper lock lubricant to your locks

this is something which I'll mention in

a future video now another method which

you can also use is hand sanitizer hand

sanitizers is fairly common and

basically with hand sanitizer it is an

alcohol-based liquid which you can put

on the key assembly here once you put it

on the key just the exact same method is

using petroleum jelly or Vaseline you

put it inside the lock assembly there

just let it move around set for a minute

and basically what the alcohol will do

is just melt away the ice that is

trapped inside there now let's concludes

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