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How to Defrost a Frozen Lock

Posted - 05/07/2012

Have you ever gone out to your car on a cold winter morning only to discover that your lock was frozen? This happens more often than you might think. It is a good idea to know what you would do in that situation ahead of time. There are several do-it-yourself tricks that may help you defrost your lock, but each of them comes with possible drawbacks.

Hot Water - Some people try pouring hot water over the lock in an attempt to thaw it out. Unfortunately, this usually makes matters worse as the added water can freeze quickly.

Heated Key - You could try heating your key with a lighter and inserting it into the lock to melt the ice. Of course, this only works if you have a lighter and a way to hold the key safely as it is heated.

Hair Dryer - The warm air of a hair dryer can actually thaw out a car lock. The problem with this technique is that you need to run an extension cord outside and block the wind. While you may have luck trying one of the above methods, the best way to defrost a frozen lock safely is to contact a professional locksmith company for assistance.
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