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August 5, 2015

Preparing for Winter: Part II
By Scott Roush
Thawing Out

To keep the doors from freezing in the cold weather, spray or smear silicone every fall and spring on all the gaskets between the door and the car's body. If there is a gasket on each, coat both. It's a good idea to also treat the gaskets on the trunk or hatch.

Washing your car on a regular basis is a good idea in the winter to keep all the salt and grime off your vehicle. But if you do wash the car when it's very cold outside, the door lock mechanisms may get wet, which may cause your locks to freeze. To prevent this from happening, spray graphite in the key slot and work your key into it several times to get the graphite deep in the slot. Make sure not to get messy graphite on your clothes and wipe off the key before you stick it back into your purse or pocket. It may be a good idea to have a keyless entry system installed in your car.

Also, keep a container of lock thawing chemicals handy in case the door lock still freezes. The inside of the gas cap door is a good place to store it. The chemicals usually wash out the lubricant from the lock mechanism, so shoot more graphite into the lock after you get it open.

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