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Old 11-16-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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Getting into frozen car door locks?

My daughter is going to college in eastern Iowa, gets pretty

cold there in the winter. This is her first year having a car out there. The car is a '99 Toyota Camry. We had to remove

the after market car alarm that came on the car, too many problems. So, she has to manually unlock the doors on her

car, just like most of us did when we were kids. Being from southern California we are not too experienced with freezing

temps. So what is the best way to either keep locks from freezing, or getting into a car that has locks that are frozen?

I suggested she keep a lighter in her purse to warm up her key. Good idea?? You guys that deal with this every winter

must have some things to do or not to do to get her through an Iowa winter.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:08 PM   #2
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Deicer spray for her bag too.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:10 PM   #3
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Lived in SD for 4 yrs, never ever had a problem with frozen locks on any car I had while there. Sleet, snow, rain/sleet, -20, doubt she will have a problem. Cars did not have remote door locks, always had to use a key. The lighter idea is probably a decent one.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:10 PM   #4
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I used to live in Kansas and used a lighter on my key, worked fine. Not sure about the newer keys with chips, though.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:19 PM   #5
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Silicone spray the door gaskets, keep a small container of lock deicer, that you will likely never use.

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Old 11-16-2012, 05:20 PM   #6
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Get some powdered graphite and lube up the lock cylinders. Do all of your vehicles and the house while your at it. Work the graphite into the cylinder/pins with the key.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:21 PM   #7
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Great ideas guys, thanks. I'll pass them along to her.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:22 PM   #8
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+1 on the decider spray. About the size of a lighter or a lipstick. She'll probably never need it, but nice to have.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:23 PM   #9
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I use something similar to this on my door locks and latches.
http://www.homedepot.com/buy/blaster...l#.UKbmjoY8WSo

My locks don't freeze, I also spray silicone on the door seals so the door doesn't stick shut.

Other option http://www.mdc.edu/main/
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:35 PM   #10
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+1 on silicone spray on the door seals (and other weatherstripping, hood, trunk, and door stops, hoses, etc.--just not belts or controls).

Tell her not to wash the car if it's going to drop below freezing that night. Also tell her that if one side is iced over from freezing rain, the other side probably isn't as bad and she might have better luck getting that door open. And tell her not to try to roll down the windows if they're iced up or she'll break the regulators or tear up the rubber. Make sure she gets a good ice scraper and a snow brush--they do not have to be the same device, but some of the combined units are decent.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:49 PM   #11
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I went to the University of Iowa, never had my locks ice either.

I think the only times I've experienced this were vehicles that were parked outdoors, then inside somewhere warm/heated, then back outdoors... Which I never did in college.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:58 PM   #12
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I use something similar to this on my door locks and latches.
http://www.homedepot.com/buy/blaster...l#.UKbmjoY8WSo

My locks don't freeze, I also spray silicone on the door seals so the door doesn't stick shut.

Other option http://www.mdc.edu/main/
Thanks, but she's in her Jr year at this school. Really likes it, and she's National Honor Society for her first two years.

She has a full ride academic scholarship. Pretty entrenched there. Likes the small town too. Except for the winters!
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:00 PM   #13
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I went to the University of Iowa, never had my locks ice either.

I think the only times I've experienced this were vehicles that were parked outdoors, then inside somewhere warm/heated, then back outdoors... Which I never did in college.
That's good the hear, her car stays outside.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:57 PM   #14
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My daughter is going to college... her car is a '99 Toyota Camry.

..she has to manually unlock the doors on her car

Being from southern California we are not too experienced with freezing temps...
Such a sob story
A college kid has to drive a 99 Camry. With no power locks!! Where's the justice!!

Silicone on gaskets, good.
Oil in the lock cylinder, good.
De-icer to get a frozen lock (there was no oil) to open, good short term bad long term.

Prevention really is the key here.
Oil the locks and silicone the gaskets, that way the won't be problems with freezing.
Using the de-icer get her out of the pickle at that moment but the de-icers also tend to flush out any trace amounts of lubricant from the lock cylinder.
Then it freezes even worse.

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Old 11-16-2012, 07:15 PM   #15
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I never tried to spray the door gasket, that is a good one.

Only time it happened to me was after washing the car when it was below zero out.
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