Frosty weather conditions can play havoc with your car. Your car may struggle to start, and you may find that you can’t even get into your car. Water can freeze up around the door or locks, mean that you won’t be able to open the door. This can be a real hassle, and you will need to spend time defrosting the affected areas. Preventing the doors from getting stuck is a better option. To help you avoid getting stuck in the cold, here are 5 things you can do.
1. Protect your car from the weather
The best way to protect your car from the wintry weather is to keep it away from the elements. Ideally, this means keeping your car in a garage. Of course, this isn’t possible for everyone – using a car cover can be a good alternative. It will keep your car (and door locks) dry, preventing the doors from freezing.
2. Replace your door seals
Over time, door rubber seals deteriorate and become brittle. As they can no longer seal the door, water can accumulate in these areas. In frosty weather, it freezes and your car door is stuck shut.
If you notice that your door seals have tears or are no longer smooth, make sure to get them replaced. That way you can keep the water and frost out. Door seal replacements are usually a quick and cheap repair.
3. Protect the door rubber seals
If your rubber seals are in good condition, or you recently had them replaced, it’s worth maintaining them. A specialist rubber conditioner will stop the seals turning brittle and allowing water in.
4. Keep the door frames clean
Dirt that accumulates around your doors can also cause them to become frozen. Debris prevents the door seal from gripping onto the door frame. This allows water to get in, leading to the door becoming stuck in frosty weather.
The solution is to make sure you clean the door frame regularly to get rid of any dirt or debris. You don’t need any special equipment, just warm water and a cloth – though be sure not to spill water into your car!
5. Protect the door locks
If storing your car in a garage or using a cover is not an option, then make sure to protect your door locks. Door locks are prone to freeze up, especially if they are worn and can’t keep the water out. Not only could you end up with a frozen door, it can cause damage meaning you may need to replace the lock cylinder. An easy hack is to cover the door lock with a piece of duct tape. This will help keep the water out of the lock. If you don’t have remote locking, you can coat your key in rubbing alcohol. This prevents any water inside the lock from freezing up.
If the problem is particularly hard to resolve, there are more sophisticated options. A lock lubricant can help to keep the lock usable even in very cold weather. Make sure you choose a specialist greaseless lubricant, as it will be most effective in keeping debris out of the lock.
For more tips to prepare you for winter make sure to read our winter survival guide here.