Help! My Car Door is Frozen Shut! What Should I Do?

January 31st, 2019 by

How to Open Your Car Door When It’s Frozen

The winter season can be a nightmare between driving on slick roads and worrying that your car won’t start during a polar vortex with temperatures reaching 30 below. Another problem that many drivers experience after a treacherous snowstorm (especially when the snow is wet and heavy followed by frigid temperatures) is that the doors to their vehicle are frozen shut. So what should you do if this happens to you?

Tips for Opening Your Frozen Car Door

If you do not have adequate shelter for your vehicle and keep it parked outdoors where the doors can potentially freeze, some things that you can do to open your vehicle are:

Make sure the door is unlocked. The last think you want to do is look like a complete fool struggling to open their car door when the simple solution is to just unlock it.

If there is an obvious layer of ice, try breaking it apart by gently pushing and pulling on the door.

If the ice is being really stubborn, try pouring warm water on the door seams. Do NOT use hot water because you might shatter the windows.

You can also try using a hair dryer.

Specialty chemicals are also available at your preferred chain auto parts store that can be applied to the door seams and melt away any ice.

To stay informed of the latest weather conditions in your area, please visit the National Weather Service website.

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