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Old 12-26-2006, 08:48 PM   #1
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i don't know bout you guys, but i always get these 3 problems in the winter:

1.) ice build up in the wheel well(strapes tire when i turn)
2.) frozen gas tank door (really hard to fill up when it's frozen shut)
3.) car shakes when going over 60, i think due to ice on the springs and shocks.
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Old 12-26-2006, 08:53 PM   #2
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Garage. I don't use it every night, but I use it enough to keep the car from freezing solid. Which reminds me, it's been over a week.

Probably doesn't help you, though. Carwash on the warmer days?

And yeah, I've had to carve out the gas tank door before.
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Old 12-26-2006, 08:55 PM   #3
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Snow packed into the inside (backside) of the rims will throw the balance WAY off. Can't count how many "my car shakes" phone calls I've gotten that were all solved by going through the car wash.

When your done washing the car pop open the fuel door and dry it all out so there isn't anything left to freeze.
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Old 12-26-2006, 09:04 PM   #4
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I didn't know that about the inside of the rims... i'll be sure to run by the wash now every so often.

and about that fuel door, AKOBS, i hate putting a key anywhere near my car, but definitely had too when the tank is yelling empty.
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Old 12-26-2006, 09:07 PM   #5
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One more comment, the windshield wiper de-icers dont work worth poo, any one else notice this?
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Old 12-26-2006, 09:57 PM   #6
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sorry ice on the springs or struts will not cause shaking...


i find a burn a lot of gas idling this time of year just to keep up with the moisture/deicing.
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Old 12-26-2006, 09:57 PM   #7
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yeah, my car does the snow-pack-wobbles too. it sucks. I run it through the wash whenever it gets real bad. that usually clears it up nicely.
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:21 PM   #8
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X3 on the carwash cure.
I went to Palmer yesterday and wobbles all the way. Stopped twice to try and reach the ice but you cant. Went strait to the laser wash on 5th and it all gets knocked out.

It's a small price to pay for getting sideways in a foot of powder.
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:27 PM   #9
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definetly dont worry about those things with a garage. and x2 on laserwash on 5th. Best ive seen up here.
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:09 PM   #10
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i don't know bout you guys, but i always get these 3 problems in the winter:

1.) ice build up in the wheel well(strapes tire when i turn)
2.) frozen gas tank door (really hard to fill up when it's frozen shut)
3.) car shakes when going over 60, i think due to ice on the springs and shocks.
3's caused by ice building up inside the wheels making them unbalanced very bad for the bearings
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:34 PM   #11
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i just hate hard spots in the tires, feels like im in the flinstones on stone wheels lol
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Old 12-27-2006, 12:05 AM   #12
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Ah...I love the ice and snow in the inner tire....always nice I spent alot of money going to the car wash everytime I had that rally feeling in the winter. Better yet, I had so much snow build up when the first snow hit. I could not turn the car to the right anymore. I had only had maybe 1-2'' of play to the right and had to gas it to turn. A good do it yourself wash for a $1.50 will blast that ice right out. Dirt's even more of a pain in the a$$ when it sticks. My car had extreme vibrations after going on Arctic valley so much and the dirt hardened after being wet. When I changed my springs I had to literally chizzle off all of it...in the end I was able to fill a bucket up to a point that I could make a sand castle with it all. Phil knows about all the dirt after going underneath my car for the front sway bar...he got enough in his eyes to have no dout in his mind I go up that mountain alot
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Old 12-27-2006, 01:47 AM   #13
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One more comment, the windshield wiper de-icers dont work worth poo, any one else notice this?
please dont think im insulting your intelligence, but you did press the button, right? i wouldnt ask unless i got 3-5 people a week saying the exact same thing. just in case it should be a button to the left of the steering wheel

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Old 12-27-2006, 01:54 AM   #14
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+1 for spraying out your rims after heavy snow falls and hard rallying, had to spray mine out tonight , couldn't get over 50mph without it shaking my hands off the steering wheel
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Old 12-27-2006, 02:19 AM   #15
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garage 4 teh win!
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Old 12-27-2006, 02:36 AM   #16
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and about that fuel door, AKOBS, i hate putting a key anywhere near my car, but definitely had too when the tank is yelling empty.
I've only had it happen once so far, I try to avoid it now by using the garage before I fuel up. I actually used the knife on my keychain to slowly chip the ice out of the gas door. Yay for a steady hand.

My car is in the garage for the first time in a while. I look forward to driving to work in the morning in warmth.

Also, my gearbox is noisy when the car is cold, it's only started since putting the Kartboy shifter in a few months back. Warm car, no noise. Cold car, it buzzes slightly, wrc-style.
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Old 12-27-2006, 02:41 AM   #17
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When my fuel door froze I just punched it honestly. A good love tap to it got it loose.
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Old 12-27-2006, 03:05 AM   #18
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please dont think im insulting your intelligence, but you did press the button, right? i wouldnt ask unless i got 3-5 people a week saying the exact same thing. just in case it should be a button to the left of the steering wheel
I assume the light means its on
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Old 12-27-2006, 04:02 AM   #19
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When my fuel door froze I just punched it honestly. A good love tap to it got it loose.
X2 a firm but cautious palm slap.
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Old 12-27-2006, 10:14 AM   #20
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the de-icer only works for the blade and keeps the blade from getting covered in ice. It does not however melt all the snow piled up on top of/frozen onto your wiper blade assy. So if your wipers are down, they freeze with a curve because of the windshield. Sure you melt the ice off the rubber but will never unfreeze the part it attaches to. This of course will leave uncleared spots on your window. To prevent that just stand your wiper arms up overnight so the blade doesn't freeze with a curve in it.
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Old 12-27-2006, 11:57 AM   #21
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Old 12-27-2006, 12:32 PM   #22
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the de-icer only works for the blade and keeps the blade from getting covered in ice. It does not however melt all the snow piled up on top of/frozen onto your wiper blade assy. So if your wipers are down, they freeze with a curve because of the windshield. Sure you melt the ice off the rubber but will never unfreeze the part it attaches to. This of course will leave uncleared spots on your window. To prevent that just stand your wiper arms up overnight so the blade doesn't freeze with a curve in it.
good tip
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Old 12-27-2006, 03:40 PM   #23
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anybody else notice if you bump the "mist" feature for a tenth of a second, the wipers park a couple inches higher right above the defroster vents? works great to thaw them for those of us with performance cars.... ( no sunroof, no heaters, etc.. )



aaaaa this is still jerry, need to logon...
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Old 12-27-2006, 04:24 PM   #24
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anybody else notice if you bump the "mist" feature for a tenth of a second, the wipers park a couple inches higher right above the defroster vents? works great to thaw them for those of us with performance cars.... ( no sunroof, no heaters, etc.. )



aaaaa this is still jerry, need to logon...
Good tip. When I do that by accident I hit the button again to put the wipers back at the bottom of the windshield. I'll have to try leaving them there.
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Old 12-27-2006, 05:10 PM   #25
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it used to annoy me when they stopped there, but it thaws them out so well i'm starting to think it's a design feature....my 99 forester does the same thing, right over the vents...
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