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Old 01-18-2009, 09:22 AM   #1
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It has been below 20 degrees for the last few weeks and recently has been around -5. However my car has been covered in salt and residue from the snow. I want to know if its harmful to wash the car in this kind of cold. I would take it to a self wash place to give it a good rinsing.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:22 AM   #2
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In the winter I go against my better judgement and run all our Subies through the local car wash to get the salt off. Whatever paint flaws I get I'll just correct in the spring. Getting a few minor scratches that I can buff out is better then letting salt just sit on the paint.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:38 AM   #3
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In the winter I go against my better judgement and run all our Subies through the local car wash to get the salt off. Whatever paint flaws I get I'll just correct in the spring. Getting a few minor scratches that I can buff out is better then letting salt just sit on the paint.
Agree the scratches can just buff out and there not gonna be that bad anyways just surface scratches. Keep that thing clean .
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:25 PM   #4
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I have tried washing in below freezing weather. This biggest problem is the water freezes before I am able to dry off the car.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:22 PM   #5
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just dont use the foaming brush.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:51 PM   #6
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If I were you id just go to the touchless automated wash bays that blow dry the car at the end. It will get off all the salt, but not all the dirt and grime. But if you do it often, like weekly, there shouldnt be much buildup anways.

Using the ones that blow dry at the end are good, because if u spray ur car and then leave, all that water will freeze on the car, and then just attract more salt to it like a magnet. If its blow dried off, this will happen much less.
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:08 PM   #7
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I just got my car washed yesterday (19 degrees) and I always use the same place. Soft cloth auto wash and 2 stages of blow dry. Still had some water drops....a very quick towel off gets most of that, then just live with what's left.

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Old 01-18-2009, 03:36 PM   #8
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i just do it at home using very hot water...usually i have just enough time to wipe her down before it starts to freeze. imo using the hot water takes all the dirt and grime off much easier than going to a car wash and spraying it.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:00 PM   #9
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i just do it at home using very hot water...usually i have just enough time to wipe her down before it starts to freeze. imo using the hot water takes all the dirt and grime off much easier than going to a car wash and spraying it.

hmm hot water and cold glass
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:13 PM   #10
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I try to keep it salt free as much as possible however that's basically impossible with the roads around here. Any threat as to water seeping in, freezing, and cracking the plastic or various pieces on the car?
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:46 PM   #11
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I try to keep it salt free as much as possible however that's basically impossible with the roads around here. Any threat as to water seeping in, freezing, and cracking the plastic or various pieces on the car?
I probably wouldn't even worry about that. It isn't much different then if it rained and it froze the next day.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:54 PM   #12
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I use fairly warm water, with the coldest outside being 12F. Today was 30F, so I used all cold tap water. It looks nice now, but the salt will be back on the car within 2 days =(
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:04 PM   #13
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Fill a spray bottle with antifreeze consintrate and use that for a presoak then take a bottle of soapy water and cut it with some salt to wash!
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:12 PM   #14
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One thing to remember is that rust wont occur in freezing temperatures.
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:40 PM   #15
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I swear by TOUCHLESS car washes in the winter.
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:27 PM   #16
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They turn the hose off at my garage during the winter... grrrr
There is a coin op car wash down the road, half the bays are closed during the winter, the other half they leave the sprayers running a little to keep from freezing. I put in $1.50 and fill my soap bucket and spray down the car. Hand wash with my soap and sponge, then put in another $1.50 and rinse it down and hand dry. I can normally get everything dried before it freezes. During the winter I use a spray and wipe wax, it does a good enough job.
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:01 PM   #17
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I put in $1.50 and fill my soap bucket and spray down the car. Hand wash with my soap and sponge, then put in another $1.50 and rinse it down and hand dry. I can normally get everything dried before it freezes.
Same here.
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:43 PM   #18
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touchless car washes FTW. Esp when you know the code, hahah.

coldest I'v washed my car is in -30 and the water got trapped in the wheels and I had to chip it off.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:53 PM   #19
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I usually just take it to the local sprayer and give it a good blast...but i concentrate more underneath the car...when i take it for oil changes I always ask to see under the car so I know where the salt builds the most and then i spray those areas when the car is done! It is almost always between -15 to -30 celsius here from dec-mar. Just make sure u dry ur door jams so u dont go out to frozen doors in the AM and tryin to get to work lol.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:18 PM   #20
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One thing to remember is that rust wont occur in freezing temperatures.
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if you feel the need to wash your car in the winter, it doesnt matter really if some water freezes on the exterior, just remember to wipe your doorjambs! If you have a good opportunity to throughly wash it, apply some silicone spray to the weatherstipping to help it not stick as bad!
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:29 PM   #21
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If I were you id just go to the touchless automated wash bays that blow dry the car at the end. It will get off all the salt, but not all the dirt and grime. But if you do it often, like weekly, there shouldnt be much buildup anways.

Using the ones that blow dry at the end are good, because if u spray ur car and then leave, all that water will freeze on the car, and then just attract more salt to it like a magnet. If its blow dried off, this will happen much less.
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Touchless... blow dry.
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:32 PM   #22
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optimum no rinse with a warm bucket of water
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:04 PM   #23
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I wash my car in my warm shop...I like floor drains.
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:37 PM   #24
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touchless car washes FTW. Esp when you know the code, hahah.

coldest I'v washed my car is in -30 and the water got trapped in the wheels and I had to chip it off.
Hehe, that is my experience as well here at UND.
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:37 PM   #25
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I did the 48hrs of Tri-State drive. 1,200 miles of snowy, slushy, salty roads behind 40+ cars for three days. My black car was gray. So on my way home at midnight, even though there was light snow on the ground, i stopped at the self wash place to spray it down. I lucked out because the booth i pulled in, the timer didn't work and i sprayed my car for over 20 minutes straight for free!

This weekend I'll hand wash it with warm water and pull it in the garage to dry it off before it freezes.
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