Getting into your frozen car or truck without breaking anything

Thursday, January 6th 2005, 10:30 am
By: News On 6

If the ice got to your car before you did, you might have been left out in the cold. News on 6 reporter Steve Berg says when it's cold like this; you just want to get inside your car as fast as you can. But many people found they were frozen out.

When Roger Garrison put his key in the car door last night, things took a turn for the worse. "And then I was getting to the point where I was bending my key. So unfortunately it was a cab for me last night." "That's what we hope is that this one is not frozen."

He called out Chris Talley from Pop-A-Lock, who managed to open a door on the other side of the car and push open the driver's door. "Cause when you’re pulling, you're just pulling this little piece of metal and as you can see, he says he broke his, broke it right off."

Talley says Pop-A-Lock got twice as many lockout calls as they usually do. “The majority of them are frozen." Of all the tricks to de-ice locks, Talley says hot water works best, but don't stop there. "Yeah, you better put WD-40 in there afterwards and lubricate the lock or the lock will rust and seize up and then you'll be in the same boat."

There are some new-fangled gizmos like a battery-powered de-icer that we saw on the Internet that goes on your keychain.

Or you can pick up a can of the spray stuff at the hardware store. Of course you have to have it with you. “Yeah definitely, and I'll keep it in the trunk."

Some other tricks we heard about were using a hairdryer, or using a lighter to heat up a key. Or you could wait until Saturday.