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Doors are frozen shut need help

Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by 88vert, December 12, 2003.

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      88vert Well-Known Member

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      We ahd a thunder storm in my area a couple of nights ago and now it is 10 degrees.Now none of my doors will even budge:( Anybody got any ideas on how to open them?
       
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      get a can of deicer for windshields and spry they hell outta them. thats the only thing i cna thing of.

      or maybe a hairdryer?
       
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      What really sucks is 95% of the time my truck sits in the garage,the only reason it was sitting out is so I could work on my motorcycle:(
       
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      ouch that really sucks
       
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      How about the rear hatch? Crawl through and push the door out from the inside...My x is old, so I use a flat crow bar and gently pry around the door.

      Do NOT use hot water or such because it will crack glass if it hits it. It will also re-refeeze and cause more problems.
       
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      I already tried the rear hatch:( I cannot even turn the handle:(
       
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      silver stripe is here to save the day.
      I live in canada , so this stuff is second nature.
      Here is a easy handy secret i do.

      get a spray bottle, like a windex bottle ect.......
      fill it with the blue winter windows was.

      spray it in the crack around where the door closes.
      spray lots, the stuff is cheap, and does not harm the paint, let it sitt for a few mins. and dont reef on the door, if you need, add more, reefing just rips the rubber off the door.

      This is vary handy, and cheap, just remember that its not effective if you have it in the truck and have this issue. so keep it in the house ect.........
       
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      88vert Well-Known Member

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      What is blue winter windows?
       
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      what about hot water?yeah its only a temporary solution but atleast itll get u in there
       
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      It's windshield washer antifreeze. You can get it at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc
       
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      I think he means blue windshield washing fluid!
       
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      Thats an OLD trick! Just be sure you don't break a windshield or window!
       
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      Cool I am going out to get some,I have to go out to wally world anyway.Thanks for the help guys:D
       
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      id be worried about pouring windshield fluid all over my paint i think that stuff strips wax
       
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      Try cold water

      Hot water will only crack your glass. Not to mention it will make the problem worse because it will freeze. Hot water freezes much fater than cold water. You'll get it partially open and then just have it frozen with even more ice if you use hot water.
       
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      bingo,
      the blue window wash.
      not fluent in the us, but we have 2 colors up here
      blue for winter and red bug wash for summer.
      the red stuff freezes up in the winter.

      i use it all the time, just did yesterday
      and it does not bother the paint, as when you spray it on the windows, do you think not a drop touches the paint !!!!!

      its just a little messy, thats all.
       
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      Can you get it into the garage at all? If you could get it in the garage you could let it thaw overnight.
       
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      think nate:D if its in park than theres no way your pushing it... it has to be freezing out side also

      the only way i think he can move it would be to jack it up put soem dolley's under the tires:D
       
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      Its also sitting on a incline and the sun never sees it becase it is sitting along side of my garage:(
       
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      .... asdf
       
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      huh?
       
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      Re: Try cold water

      Ok, I'm going to need some references to buy this one. How can water that is of a higher temperature get to a colder temperature quicker than water that is already closer to the freezing point????
       
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      Well here's what I do. Or used to do!

      I carry a small can of lock de-icer in my pocket during the winter. when a door freezes I just shoot it in the door seam.

      Now I just use the autostart and start the car 15 minutes early with the heater on full blast and walla when its time to go doors are unfrozen
       
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      Auto start! That's CHEATING!

       
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      Really??!! Well then I spent my $50 bucks wisely.

      oh and for you that say hot water freezes faster than cold water but don't know exactly why might want to read this.

      complete theory here urband legend or not here's the proof

      or not info on why we don't know why it freezes faster
       
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