4 Steps to Avoid Being Locked Out

It’s cold and unfortunately, it’s only going to get colder. You know what comes with cold? Ice. Ice can jam up your doors and locks and wreak havoc on your morning schedule by locking you out. It is imperative that you prepare your car for what lies in the long wintry road ahead.

To prepare your car there are some places that need to be lubricated to keep the gears working and not freezing. The 4 places that need to be lubed are locks, latches, hinges, window channels and weather stripping.

Why do you need to do this?

This will help prevent binding and freezing, and also will save you money from having to replace a busted regulator.

What will you need?

-Teflon Spray
-Spray Lithium Grease
-Rag
-Glass Cleaner without ammonia

What to do:

Starting with the window channels. Put your window down. Use the dry Teflon spray and spray up and down the window channels on each door. Soak the channels. Run the window up and down to spread the Teflon all along the window channel. Then clean the windows from the over-spray.

Next, you want to get your door locks and back hatches. Use the spray straw to spray deep into the lock cylinder through the keyhole. Insert your key and turn it to spread the lubricant.

Next, you want to coat all the weather stripping with the Teflon spray. You’ll need to spread it with a cloth.

To finish the job, you’ll need to lube the hood, the trunk and/or tailgate latches with the lithium grease. Also, spray the door hinges. You’ll need to operate the locks and such to ensure that the lubricant spreads.

 

That’s it, that’s all you have to do and you won’t get locked out this winter…that is unless, you forget your keys!

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