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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-25-2008, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Freezing temps and car washing.

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Both of our rides are covered in road salt and I don't want to freeze the doors shut.

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I go to the automatic car wash, run her through, drive straight home, and take an old towel and wipe down all the gaskets on the doors, then also roll down the driver window and wipe that gasket off too... but then again, I live 3 blocks from the car wash, so you may need to bring the old towel with you. Simple as that!
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Take her through the auto wash (winter special) which shoots water into the underbody to help remove salt. Once I get home I just open and close the doors and windows a couple times. Never had problems with doors freezing shut.
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One time my dad went to one of those car washes where the employee drives the car through the wash for you and in the few seconds it took for my dad to walk from the lobby back to his car some water froze on the door seal and he couldn't latch the door shut. So he had to drive 15 minutes back home holding the door so it wouldn't fly open.

The towel idea sounds like a good one.
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lol just wash the think and call it a day i wash mine every second day and have yet to have a problem
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well pretty much what they said will work fine,i just recommend keeping a couple towels with you. when going through the wash that way you can dry it there and not have a chance to really freeze up on the drive home,depending on how far you live.
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I go to the automatic car wash, run her through, drive straight home, and take an old towel and wipe down all the gaskets on the doors, then also roll down the driver window and wipe that gasket off too... but then again, I live 3 blocks from the car wash, so you may need to bring the old towel with you. Simple as that!
Towel here too. I drive about 1000 miles per week ( Mass to Toronto to Edmundston, NB and south to Virginia and west to Ohio). I wash my car at least once a week when it needs it, the tower or micro fiber is in the car all the time. I hang it over the back of the passenger seat to dry after it is used. If I know a rain then freeze is coming I wipe the door seals with a paper towel wet with WD-40 and never have frozen shut doors.
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Jim how is the gas mileage on the Magnum RT, does the Hemi really get same mileage as 3.5??
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The Magnum gets 28 on gasoline, 25- 26 on our alcohol blend crap(you MUST behave and let Cruise do its job) against the Trep with 27 (gas) (same need on the cruise). Maggie will chew a tank of gas in 80 miles if you let it out (Mont Tremblant performance driving class 80 miles of alternating WOT them full abs lit braking). I have gotten 30 on a few tankfulls, but it doesn't count running through Jersey (flat ass swamp) in the fog at 40mph on cruise. The MDS MUST work right to get the good mileage, my dealer put in 10-40 on the third oil change and it shut down the MDS. I stopped at Wal-Mart 500 miles from home and bought two gallons of 5 - 20 and watched Jiffy lube pour it in. Mds was back within a few miles. Around town it is similar as well (15 - 17), you will use what you need to get what you request. The LXs weigh 4200 pounds, when you stop them you must get that rolling again. I drive people nuts slow rolling toward red lights!
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I would NOT wash it when it's below 32 degrees. What happens is, when you have water freeze with salt, you will be asking for a huge rust problem. Espically if it stays cold for a few days. The salt and water will eat the paint pretty badly.

JMO though.
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If i must wash it I go to work and run it through the automatic carwash tunnel but from my experiance the doorjams will freeze. Wipe them down as soon as you reach the exit. Water feezes as soon as i spray it on most the time. Last weekend i washed 400 cars (which is slow) on Sunday and it froze as soon as it hit the car. Gotta love your job.... Only wash below feezing if you absolutly must. Otherwise just wait tell it warms up a little.
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Only wash below feezing if you absolutly must. Otherwise just wait tell it warms up a little.
In my neighborhood, I'd be waiting 2 months and counting....
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I would NOT wash it when it's below 32 degrees. What happens is, when you have water freeze with salt, you will be asking for a huge rust problem. Espically if it stays cold for a few days. The salt and water will eat the paint pretty badly.

JMO though.
Don't mind me saying this Fearless, but I don't think water freezes when it is mixed with salt.....this is kinda the whole purpose of using salt on our roads....to keep them clear of ice! I think I remember reading something that says the temps would have to get down to -35 before water&salt begin to freeze (depending on the concentration, of course) Ever notice how your winter floormats still have a small puddle of water down there first thing in the morning after sitting out in freezing temps?? That's the salt your shoes (boots) picked up from walking around my friend!
In the winter, I only wash my car about once every week - and I usually do it at a local car wash that has an movie theatre across the street with underground parking that goes down 2 levels. After running the car through the wash, I just drive across the street, park in the lowest level where its nice and warm, go catch a movie and when I come out after the show, the car is clean, dry and no worries about anything freezing shut on the car.
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