Here Are 3 Tips to Prevent Car Doors from Freezing Shut
When the cold weather hits, you need to be prepared for it. A common automobile issue that occurs in the cold months, is your car doors freezing shut. Here at Honda of Roanoke Rapids, we want to keep you prepared. Here are 3 tip to prevent car doors from freezing shut.
Inspect the Gasket Around Your Car Doors
Car doors freeze shut when moisture seeps into the cracks of your car and freezes. If the rubber gasket that runs around the edge of your door is cracked or damaged, it’s likely that your doors will freeze shut in the winter. Experts suggest that you inspect the gaskets and replace them if they’re damaged. Do this before the weather starts freezing. Check carefully to see if they’re torn or loose. Any tears or gaps, can let moisture in and leave you out in the cold.
Clean Your Car Door Gaskets
If your car door gaskets are dirty, give them a thorough cleaning. Debris and dirt can also prevent the door from sealing shut and let in moisture. Use a clean rag and warm soapy water to wipe them down. Then follow up with another dry rag to ensure they’re dry. If you can, clean them while inside a garage so the water doesn’t freeze during the cleaning process.
Lubricate the Gaskets
Next, spray, or wipe down your door’s gaskets with a silicone lubricant product, then use a microfiber cloth to spread it out evenly over the entire surface. The lubricant helps prevent moisture from getting in between gaskets. Silicone lubricant spray is pretty inexpensive, less than $10 a can, and it’s available in any auto parts store, or in the automotive section of many department stores. If you’re in a pinch, regular cooking spray will work as well.
There is nothing more infuriating than not being able to get inside your car when you want to, especially when it’s freezing cold outside. It’s frustrating to have to fiddle with your frozen doors when you’re already late for work, or to pick the kids up from school. Besides that, it’s dangerous to be stuck out in the cold during winter storms. A little careful preparation before winter weather sets in can save you a headache and desperation.