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Re: 98 DODGE AVENGER
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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If it's simply the car door lock
that's frozen, try heating your car key with a lighter and inserting it
into the lock. The heat from the metal may be enough to thaw the ice
and allow you to unlock it. To ensure that the lock will not freeze
again, spray it with WD-40.
If the entire door is frozen, carefully chip the ice away from
the edges with a scraper. Be careful not to scratch the paint of the
car. If you cannot chip the ice away, try pouring some windshield washer
fluid on the icy areas; windshield washer fluid contains alcohol and
this may help melt the ice.
Use a blow dryer set on high to melt the surrounding ice.
The best way to open a frozen car door and prevent future
frustration is to purchase de-icer. Many good brands are available at
hardware and auto shops - just be sure the solvent displaces moisture
and leaves behind a lubricant. If the lock itself is frozen, spray the
product directly into the key hole, wait five seconds and then put in
your key and try to turn it. Most of these products have straws that
help direct the product out of the can and into small areas, making the
de-icing process easy.
Once the door is open, consider spraying
the de-icer along the hinges of the door to keep other parts from
freezing. Keep the de-icer in your home or garage where you can easily
find it. Do not keep it in your vehicle. Having de-icer in your frozen
vehicle won't do you much good.
Your door latch needs some lubrication. In a pinch you can use a propane torch and heat the latch to get it warmed up and working freely. It only takes 30 seconds or so directing the flame all over the latch. don't get too close or you will burn the paint. Once you have the latch working, spray it liberally with a can of lock de-icer. Put the spray nozzle into the latch where the door hooks into it and rotate the spray can to get into different parts of the latch. The alcohol in the de-icer will evaporate the water or condensation in the latch. After a few minutes re-spray the latch with
WD-40 or RustCheck in the same manner.This will help to keep it from freezing again. You may have to occasionally repeat this process especially after a period of warm followed by a cold spell.
You can also accomplish this by removing the door panel and getting directly at the latch. If you do it will likely only have to be done once, otherwise you may have to do it from the outside a couple of times.
Doing this every fall should prevent it from occuring in the future. Hope this helps.
Bad lock. Before you replace it try this. With the red tube attached, spray a SMALL amount of WD-40 or Lock De-Icer inside the key hole. Work the key back and forth in the OFF position and see if that helps. DO NOT spray a bunch into the key hole. I love/hate WD-40 . . . .
try to put WD 40 in the key hole. If you have a key- less button on your key ring and the battery is dead on that one and you have a spare you can use your cell phone to call someone with spare and hold the phone next to the car and have them push unlock and it will unlock it. this might sound strange but it does work. if you don't have a key-less button then use a slim jim. you have to come in from the rear of the lock.you just have to feel the handle to make sure you are getting close to the lock.
Get some lock deicer to fix it temporarily.... if you can get it in a heated garage or wait until a semi mild day and spray it with some spray grease to displace the moisture.......the spray grease should be something you do about 4 times a year to keep them free and working hope this helps....good luck!