How do you keep car doors from sticking in cold weather?

What can I do to keep my car door from sticking in the cold weather? I have to fight with my door every morning and I’m worried that I’ll accidentally tear the seal or something.

Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Here are a few things you can do to
keep your car doors from sticking
in cold weather:
  • Use cooking spray. Spray the seals on your door with cooking spray to keep them from freezing shut. The oil in the cooling spray repels water, and oil has a much lower freezing point than water does.
  • Don’t lock your doors. If you live in a safe area, keep your car unlocked to prevent the locking mechanism from freezing in place.
  • Keep them clean. Wipe down your doors to get rid of any excess debris, as water can collect in dirty areas more easily.
  • Replace broken seals. If any of your rubber door seals are broken, replace them to protect your doorframe.
  • Use rubbing alcohol. Rub your door lock and key with rubbing alcohol once every week to prevent it from freezing.
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