Heat the door frame

By Jim M.

In the winter we have heated seat, huge heaters,heated back windows and defrosters, But If we can not get in the car because of frozen door handle, frozen locks and doors frozen to the rubber molding we just stand there and pull on the door ripping the rubber or breaking the door handle. We are late or miss work throwing hot water or using a hair drier. a switch on the dash that would sense outside conditions would turn it on the night before or the remote pad on the keys starts the heat.
Doug Fulton 10/17/2011
While I agree that this would be a useful feature, I have an alternative solution. We get freezing rain every winter which completely shuts us out of the car. I've found the remote start on our vehicle does the trick and it's a great feature year-round.
Doug Fulton 10/17/2011
While I agree that this would be a useful feature, I have an alternative solution. We get freezing rain every winter which completely shuts us out of the car. I've found the remote start on our vehicle does the trick and it's a great feature year-round.
M. J. Geisbush 08/31/2011
I agree with Jim. If heated weather stripping were used in conjuction with a thermometer, the key fob or remote start could active the electric heaters; just as the key fob operates the door locks.
Kevin Mcgee 08/25/2011
While not in the vehicle for prolonged times an electric heater integrated into the weather stripping constantly going would use apply a drain on the battery aswell as increasing the price of weatherstripping. If there was a system that did heat the surface that contacts the stripping and door, it would have to be activated prior to nearing the vehicle. Currently the only viable options are a remote start and chemicals that loosen the bond that the ice creates. Even with Remote start the weather strips sill create an air gap to insulate the ice. That is a good challenging idea to tackle!
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