When the snowy winter strikes, car owners have to bear the blunt. From the increased possibility of vehicle damage due to corrosion and rusting as they drive on the dangerous salty snow roads, to the freezing of the door locks.
The moment car locks get frozen; you cannot turn the keys. Worse still, it might accumulate inside the lock to an extent it’s impossible to insert them. Fortunately, you can save yourself the agony and prevent your locks from freezing. Here’s how to do it;
Arm Yourself with a Lock Lubricant
Even before it freezes, consider purchasing a lock lubricant. Next, make sure that you spray all the doors locks including the trunk lock.
The lubes function by displacing the already existing moisture and prevents any additional moisture from entering, collecting and freezing inside the keyhole. WD-40 is an excellent example of lube you can apply but can only be applied sparingly if the winter season is long. That’s because it’ll degrade your lock tumblers over time.
Hilco Lubricant is an excellent alternative to WD-40 designed to displace moisture in mechanical equipment. You can apply it as often as possible without worrying about degrading your lock tumblers.
Grab a Magnet
It can be annoying and frustrating to find that your door lock won’t open and you’re ready to leave. Another simple way to prevent your lock from getting frozen is to get a magnet. Then place it over the car lock overnight. It will attach to the metal part of the lock preventing moisture entering and freezing.
Vaseline Can Help
Even if you have no lock lubricant, you can still improvise. The chances are that you already have Vaseline at home. Open it and dip the car key inside, then insert the key into the car keyhole and turn it a couple of times. Repeat it severally to ensure the Vaseline is adequately distributed onto the lock parts. Do that at least once a week during the winter season, and you’ll never complain about locking yourself outside your own car.
Additionally, for the frozen locks, petroleum jelly and Vaseline are good for melting the ice. Dip your key into the jelly or Vaseline, insert it into the car keyhole and wiggle. It might work after a couple of attempts. So be patient.
Give Graphite a Try
WD-40 has got an odor that not everyone can tolerate. If that’s you, then you can apply graphite on your car locks. Graphite works best when there’s little moisture in the air, and it’ll keep your locks from freezing.
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