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Old February 17th, 2006, 06:16 AM   #1
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Well... I'm frozen out of my truck and I have no deicer and I'm sure as hell not trekking through the arctic to buy some.

Anyone have some home remedys to this situation? Already tried heating the key up to no avail.

Mom told me just to go back to bed and don't worry about school but I still want in the truck...
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Old February 17th, 2006, 06:26 AM   #2
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well, it'll get ya in, but it could just make it worse later.

heat up a giant pot of boiling water. pour it onto the window right above the lock... insert key, turn

it'll probably open, but you'll likely need to garage the truck to let it thoroughly thaw/dry out afterwards, and/or keep it running with the heat on FULL BLAST to prevent it from turning into an igloo.
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Old February 17th, 2006, 06:31 AM   #4
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well, it'll get ya in, but it could just make it worse later.

heat up a giant pot of boiling water. pour it onto the window right above the lock... insert key, turn

it'll probably open, but you'll likely need to garage the truck to let it thoroughly thaw/dry out afterwards, and/or keep it running with the heat on FULL BLAST to prevent it from turning into an igloo.
Already thought of that and I might just try it on the passenger side. That should work to get me in and to Murrays for some lock deicer for the driver side without screwing me over for getting into the drivers side later.


but since this bit of entertainment got me out of school and extended my midwinter break one day I'm gonna make some smokey links and eggs
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heat up a giant pot of boiling water. pour it onto the window right above the lock... .

You know, there's a physic principle of superheating frozen state glass that causes the rapid expansion of the glass in an ununiform manner such that crack will form and quite possibly the glass can "explode" out of the form it is held in place by.
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You know, there's a physic principle of superheating frozen state glass that causes the rapid expansion of the glass in an ununiform manner such that crack will form and quite possibly the glass can "explode" out of the form it is held in place by.

.....maybe I'll just wait for spring...
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You know, there's a physic principle of superheating frozen state glass that causes the rapid expansion of the glass in an ununiform manner such that crack will form and quite possibly the glass can "explode" out of the form it is held in place by.
yep, but at least in my case, the stove is far enough away, that the water temp isn't gonna be close to boiling by the time one gets it to the side of the truck out doors. :dunno:

my washer fluid reseviour on the jeep froze solid earlier this winter, and it had a 100% washer fluid concentration (admitedly mostly water straight outta the bottle) but I had never had one freeze solid like that.

It took 15 gallongs (3 5 gallon buckets) full of scalding hot water from the laundry room slop sink to get it to thaw enough, combined with some vigorous slush stirring with a broom handle to get it to the point where it'd run through the washer pump.
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I used Rainex washer solvent and never froze. Have poured it on frozen doors to unthaw too. Don't do a screwdriver.....my wife fucked her door up once doing that :tonka:
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You know, there's a physic principle of superheating frozen state glass that causes the rapid expansion of the glass in an ununiform manner such that crack will form and quite possibly the glass can "explode" out of the form it is held in place by.

This reminds me of last year when I did the opposite. I drove one of my friends quads through a very cold river.

yeah. that was an expensive day
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If you ahve time, use a hair dryer on high with an extension cord. Just keep heating that area, it'll sink in eventually.

Mine were frozen this morning, too.
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If you ahve time, use a hair dryer on high with an extension cord. Just keep heating that area, it'll sink in eventually.

Mine were frozen this morning, too.
and if you don't have a long enough extension cord, just drive the vehicle closer to the power source




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if you try the water thing, don't boil the water, just use a pan of hot tap water


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If you ahve time, use a hair dryer on high with an extension cord. Just keep heating that area, it'll sink in eventually.

Mine were frozen this morning, too.
Thats what I was gonna tell you, but if you have one, a heat gun would work better.
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spray WD-40 I think sometime works
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spray WD-40 I think sometime works

That merely displaces the water out of the lock to keep it from refreezing. It's got no chemical reaction to water to warm it.


Hot tap water can crack glass too if its cold enough.You're fine as long as you don't heat the glass.
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I just threw a mug of hot tap water on the passenger side lock and opened it up. Driver side wouldn't even unlock from the inside but I got in and up to murrays for lock deicer and now all is good


Thanks for the help guys

What was really amazing was how in a matter of two minutes all the hot water that was on the ground turned to ice
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What was really amazing was how in a matter of two minutes all the hot water that was on the ground turned to ice
Physics is amazing, isn't it.

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Physics is amazing, isn't it.

:tonka:

Yes... physics are amazing
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