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Old 02-23-2001, 10:32 PM   #1
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i wash my car every time i run on very salty roads. what about you guys?
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Old 02-23-2001, 11:32 PM   #2
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Unless you have underground heated parking, here in E-town after you wash your car and dry it by hand, the door will also freeze up.

So we cannot wash the car everytime run on salt roads.
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Old 02-23-2001, 11:52 PM   #3
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With the snow being pretty dry out there, the salt has less of an effect on the metal when it's dried up; rather than say washing it and not getting it all off...

It's too bad it seems to be hella freezing out there for keeping your car looking sharp.
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Old 02-23-2001, 11:58 PM   #4
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Agree, in E-town also, the weather is weird, sometimes there is so fine that no snow at all (what a waste of the winter tires), then the next day heavy snow with salt/sand/mud all over the road (which makes the winter tires worth) that make the car so dirty looks like after rallying.
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Old 02-24-2001, 12:56 AM   #5
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When the weather here in Calgary has approached zero degrees celcius, I try to take it to the car wash to give it a good hose down. That way I don't have any salt on it and it looks nice too. If its really cold out, I will just pass on washing it as there is little moisture to interact with the salt and harm the paint. If its really wet, then washing is more important. At least that is what I do.

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Old 02-24-2001, 08:08 AM   #6
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Keenan, they don't use salt in Calgary, so theres no need to hose off the salt
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Old 02-24-2001, 08:16 AM   #7
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How about in E-town?

Do they use salt?

Coz I see when the road and the car dry out, there are so white on the road and on the car's body.
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Old 02-24-2001, 08:25 AM   #8
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i don't know about the wether in e-town but up north here this year we've had really warm wether all winter so you don't have to worry about doors freezing and stuff. coldest wether was like -15 and that was like 3 months ago. every time it snows alot it melts with in 2 or 3 days so we use a lot of salt here to melt the ice. i would hate to see my new car rusting so quickly.
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Old 02-24-2001, 08:30 AM   #9
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Just like yesterday and today, snow over night and then the truck will spread combo of sand/mud/salt in the early morning then make the road full of slush but in brown and black and the road are wet too, I really don't like the government starts to use so many salts in the recent few years.
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Old 02-24-2001, 09:57 AM   #10
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tulit - but they do use it out on the highways and some surrounding areas. When I was driving to Saskatchewan for Christmas they used salt, trust me.

Ugh. I want to wash my car just thinking about it.

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Old 02-24-2001, 10:31 AM   #11
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Hahaha...living in Vancity...I wash my car year round...just that its been RAINING lately...geez..winter and it rains...sigh...no rallying~~
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Old 02-24-2001, 11:31 AM   #12
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You guys need to come up here in the winter !! The city doesn't use a speck of salt at all because it's too cold for it melt anything anyway !!

You would not believe the number of older Toyota trucks driving around that don't have any rust at all! I don't have to wash any of my vehicles all winter, which kinda sucks because my truck is white, but it's better than rusty fenders!!

On the down side, they spread gravel all over the roads when it's icy, so in the spring I have a bunch of rock chips to fix !!

Seems you just can't win where ever you live!

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Old 02-24-2001, 05:07 PM   #13
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V6,

FYI, Edmonton rarely uses salt anymore for the exact reasons that ArticWRX already mentioned (too cold). Salting the roads only works to about -4C and then it freezes rock soild like everything else.

There are some other stuff that municipalities use too allow a snow melt below that but it ain't cheap. Kamloops, BC is actually a leader in N. America in terms of using exotic snow melt stuff.

Just when you thought it was safe to go out, Markus bores you with useless trivia.

BTW, I wash my car when it needs it. Don't give a damn what the weather is like.

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