How can I open a frozen car door?

What’s the best way to unfreeze a car door? My family and I are spending the weekend staying in a cabin and skiing in the mountains. We are headed to the mountains to ski this morning, but the temperature is so cold that the door is frozen shut.

That sounds like a fun weekend! To avoid any delays hitting the slopes, here are tips to try to open a frozen car door:
  • Scrape the ice: If you don’t have an ice scraper, try using a credit card to scrape the ice off your handle. This method will not work for the door lock.
  • Use lukewarm water: Grab a pitcher. Fill it up with lukewarm water and thaw the frozen door handle and door frame by pouring water over it. Do not use hot water as the temperature difference between the water and the frozen door can cause damage.
  • Use a blowdryer: Use an outdoor extension cord to bring the blow dryer closer to the vehicle.
  • Use a lock de-icer: This lubricant spray is available for purchase at auto shops. The product is designed to melt ice off the car door.
Driving on icy roads in the mountains can be dangerous, so consider getting a roadside assistance membership to be prepared for unexpected situations. Jerry offers customers a modern roadside assistance membership. Along with traditional benefits, you get Uber-like tracking for the status of your service and the ability to contact your service provider directly for as low as $4.16 a month.
Good luck and have fun skiing!
Phoebe Mah
Answered on Nov 19, 2021

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