Unfreeze car doors without causing dents and creases

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It has been a harsh and unmerciful winter in Colorado and the entire U.S., so far. Sadly, according to weather forecasts, it doesn’t seem that there will be a break any time soon. Therefore, the best we can do is be as prepared as possible for whatever winter brings, and face it the best way possible. Of course, this includes extra winter preventive maintenance, being extra careful while driving, having your insurance ready just in case, and knowing the proper methods to remove ice and snow from your car.

Let’s face it. Mother Nature is simply one powerful, unpredictable force and in a blink of an eye, your car can appear completely frozen, covered in ice and snow. Even though this is a normal issue for hard winter areas such as Colorado, not everyone knows how to remove it without harming the car paint or bodywork safely.

On the other hand, depending on the situation or if you are in a hurry, you might end up creating dents and creases when trying to remove the ice from your car. At Auto Rehab, we have noticed how many of our winter dent removal customers arrive with self-inflicted damages, dents, and creases on their vehicles after trying to remove ice from a frozen door or hood. Therefore, today we would like to share some useful tips to safely remove ice and snow from your car without harming the bodywork.

First step, removing ice from car doors

Unfreezing car doors

Learn how to safely scrap ice off your car.

Traditionally, you will hear that the rule of thumb when removing or defrosting a car is turning the heater on. That is a great option to help set your vehicle free from ice and snow. Nonetheless, in many cases, this is not possible as your doors are frozen shut and you can’t get inside your car. Therefore, our list starts with removing ice from doors and locks.

It is well known that you can’t use hot water to thaw the ice from your car, which can cause the metal to bend resulting in dents or cracking of the windshield or side windows. Many still do it in a hurry or try to warm water just enough to melt the ice, however, in most cases, the result is the same, dents on your bodywork or a cracked windshield.

If you find your car doors frozen shut or you are not able to put the key inside the lock, try warming your key with a lighter and gently push it in the lock. You might need to try several times. Another option is using hand sanitizer on your key and gently push it in. Once you are able to open the lock, avoid pulling the door right away as the frozen handle can easily break.

To loosen the frozen doors try using a mixture of alcohol and water. Rinse the door framework with a bottle spray and gently try opening the door. You might need to do this several times. Use a plastic scraper to gently remove ice and snow from the door. Some recommend to push hard the door in order to break the ice around it, but doing that can cause dents and creases. Instead, try giving soft pushes from the frames, after applying the mixture and scrapping the ice off. Once inside turn the heater on.

Fixing dents and other damages

Dealing with winter conditions is a hard task and in most of the cases, the season will take a toll on your car bodywork. It is virtually impossible avoiding a hailstorm, a kid slipping against your door, a fender bender or a flying snowball. Therefore, as soon as you notice any dent or scratch on your car, it is essential to fix it right away. Winter conditions boost deterioration, making rust grow faster underneath the dents. If you failed on your mission of thawing the ice on your car doors without causing dents or other sort of damage on its bodywork, contact Auto Rehab today.  In no time your car will be restored to its prior condition and protected to survive the rest of the season.