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Cant get in my car when its cold outside....De-Icer Spray helped everyday up until yesterday....Tried heating the key up under a flame....Tried a Slim-Jim....Im locked out!!! Any suggestions...Please?

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When you finally do get in car spray lock cylinder with a good penetrating oil and put window down and try to get some of the penetrating oil down inside door towards the lock cyl. and spray the latch where the closes(between front and rear doors

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hope this helps....good luck!

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