Winter can be a particularly difficult time for car owners, as the icy roads and cold temperatures mean that rust and corrosion can take their toll on the car. One problem many people face during this season is frozen locks – when moisture gets into them and turns to ice it can cause major issues. Fortunately, there are several simple steps that can be taken to help stop locks from freezing up.
Using a magnet is one way to keep car locks from becoming frozen in winter. Place the magnet over the lock before bedtime and leave it overnight – this will cause it to attach itself to the metal parts of the lock, stopping any moisture from getting inside and potentially turning into ice that could make turning your key difficult or impossible.
Another preventative measure is applying lock lubricant before winter arrives – spray all door locks, including the trunk lock, with WD-40 or another quality product designed for mechanical equipment during cold temperatures such as Hilco Lubricant. This will displace any existing moisture and also act as a barrier against additional moisture entering where it could freeze later on.
In lieu of proper lock lubricants, Vaseline also provides an effective solution. Dip your key in some Vaseline prior to inserting it into the keyhole and turning it a couple times so that the Vaseline spreads throughout all of its parts – doing this at least once per week should provide enough protection throughout winter while helping remove any icy build-up in any already frozen locks you may experience.
For those who don’t want to deal with WD-40’s smell, graphite powder is an ideal replacement – sprinkle some onto each of your car’s locks before winter arrives and they’ll remain free from freezing during even extreme weather conditions due to its lack of moisture absorption properties unlike other products available on the market.