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Old 11-16-2012, 08:26 PM   #16
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Um........ Didn't really mean to get sympathy,just advice.

Maybe I just don't get it.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:47 PM   #17
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If you are stuck , a teapot kettle of hot water will thaw and open a car door.
Also keep a bottle of blue washer solvent handy on porch , this you car pour on a frozen door seal and get right into car.
The next step is to make sure moisture is out of lock tumblers with some wd40 first , then follow up with silicone spray. Make sure rubber door seals are dry them spray then down with silicone and wipe with a clothe , do all seals in car and also spray the side window wipers, this prevents windows from freezing shut and makes power windows function improves= less friction.
Last resort , dump a big hot coffee on the lock and it will get you in.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:55 PM   #18
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If you are stuck , a teapot kettle of hot water will thaw and open a car door.
Also keep a bottle of blue washer solvent handy on porch , this you car pour on a frozen door seal and get right into car.
The next step is to make sure moisture is out of lock tumblers with some wd40 first , then follow up with silicone spray. Make sure rubber door seals are dry them spray then down with silicone and wipe with a clothe , do all seals in car and also spray the side window wipers, this prevents windows from freezing shut and makes power windows function improves= less friction.
Last resort , dump a big hot coffee on the lock and it will get you in.

All good. Thanks. Living in sunny SoCal, I had no idea about all this stuff. Now I know, and soon, so will my daughter.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:58 PM   #19
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All good. Thanks. Living in sunny SoCal, I had no idea about all this stuff. Now I know, and soon, so will my daughter.
just buy blue washer solvent by the case at a discount.
If you get a freezing rain storm the car can be sealed in ice and sometimes scraping the ice off is pretty tough.
The blue solvent has alcohol in it and it really makes thawing out a breeze.
Also change the cars thermostat out for a 195 degree unit.
This makes car warm up quickly and crank out the heat, it means car will be ready to go in 5-10 minutes vs 20-30 minutes.
You will get good heat quickly.
Use a 70/30 mix for best freeze protection 70 percent antifreeze ., 30 percent water.
Winterize car, things like plugs, wires, coolant , new battery.
Drop $200 into car each fall, much better than being stuck in Jan with really cold temps and a no-go car.

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Old 11-16-2012, 09:18 PM   #20
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I spent a few winters in Flagstaff and never had a problem exept for once after we had freezing rain. I got the door unlocked but couldn't get it open. I was tryng to head out of town and decided to postpone my drip, smartest decision I ever made. There was a huge pile up on the interstate due to the ice. That brings me to my one piece of advice, Some times the safest part of driving in the snow is knowing when not to drive.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:19 PM   #21
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She works part time at the Walmart in town, so she has access to window washer fluid. I'll tell her to get some.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:19 PM   #22
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Hot water, the cheapest, most effective.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:38 PM   #23
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Stick a magnet over the keyhole when she parks? To keep snow out?
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:20 PM   #24
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Beware of pouring hot liquids on a frozen car. You can break the glass with thermal shock.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:47 PM   #25
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Beware of pouring hot liquids on a frozen car. You can break the glass with thermal shock.
That would be BAD! Thanks for that headsup.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:56 AM   #26
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Stick a magnet over the keyhole when she parks? To keep snow out?
That's the one, one of those flexible fridge magnets is magic.

Just leave it sitting there when you park, keep a few in the car in case some retard steals one, even if the car ices up, you can just peel it loose.

(That assumes the lock has had graphite in it and isn't already half full of water).

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Old 11-17-2012, 02:10 AM   #27
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Car glass is tough. warm not boiling hot will not hurt it. Here is a myth busters show, I doubt you could break modern glass.

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Old 11-17-2012, 04:38 AM   #28
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Just have her boyfriend pee on the lock.

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Old 11-17-2012, 04:44 AM   #29
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Apparently none of these responders drive POS cars in freezing areas. (Not that a Camry is POS).

However, here in Iowa we do get some freezing BS precipitation that can really be a bitch.

Most of the suggestions are good.

I have had to use Heat (the stuff you put in your gas) to un-freeze locks before. Just poke a really small hole in the foil without removing it, and it's like a squirt gun, just squeeze. Maybe squirt a little with the key half way in, etc.

As far as the doors freezing shut the best defense is a good offense as noted, silicone on the seals and clean door latches are really important. Cleaning door latches is not fun, and there are no easy ways, but in most cases there is no other option. The original grease will have dried out long ago, and they do see some dust, dirt, and wear particles.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:26 AM   #30
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Beware of pouring hot liquids on a frozen car. You can break the glass with thermal shock.
I doubt it, I've sprayed starting fluid on a windshield and lit it to melt the ice.
But I don't recommend doing it on a car you like or plan to keep.
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