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Old 02-22-2018, 06:42 AM   #1  
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Was lightly snowing then tuned to freezing rain, back to snow again , then drops down to 17 degrees.
By the time I got off work, the poor Park Ave resembled a snowy icicle, & I could not get any of the doors open, as they were well past frozen solid!
If I pulled any harder on the plastic door handles they were going to snap!
I managed to get the trunk open, where I located a long handle screwdriver to pry the door, & what a crack it was... once it opened!
I got the car started & left the blower on high, for 30 minutes, just to melt the Park Ave Popsicle!

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Sometimes, if you throw your hip into the door, it breaks the ice on the molding. Then you can open the door.
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Hrmmm.... I haven't worried about snapping door handles in a very long time...

Of course, I haven't frozen doors shut in a long time either I suppose...

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Even tho I like the Pk Ave the door handles design was PP for winter.

So pull up & then pull out, where things start to deform in metal skin. Just can't get enough pull outwards on these handles, without damage.
Door hip check I tried, but the top interior door seals got wet and froze.
I am just glad I got the door open!

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Make your hand into a fist and pound it on the table for emphasis. That'* the kind of fist and pounding I use on my doors when they freeze like that. Use this magic fist to pound your way from the top-front of the window frame and work your way to the bottom-rear of the door. This gets some of the ice to fracture so you can get the door started. Works nearly every time.
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