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How to Unfreeze a Car Door

by Alexandra Romanov

Ice is the bane of winter. As bad as it is, it's worse when you go to get into your car and find that the doors have been frozen shut. You have a few options in handling the matter.


Try another door. If one of the passenger doors will open you can get into the car and start it. Allow it to run until the car heats up enough to thaw the driver's-side door.


Use deicer. Spray around the frame of the door. Give it a few minutes to work, then try to gently open the door. Do not force it or you may damage the car door.


Use a hair dryer. You will probably need an extension cord, but plug in your hair dryer and blow warm air onto the car door until it releases.


  • Don't use hot water. It could break the glass.

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About the Author

Alexandra Romanov is a writer in southern Illinois. Her articles appear online and in print media, including "Spirit Seeker" magazine and "USA Today." A professional writer for more than 15 years, Romanov frequently covers technology, gadgets and computer-related issues. Her degrees include an M.A. in journalism.

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