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RKSTRAT

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"Clapton is Good"
Jan 2nd, 2018 01:01 PM        

<br /> So, needless to say it is very cold. We had a blast of snow on Saturday and I ended up driving on the highway...behind a salt truck.<br /> Highway driving generally results in a salt spray all over the car.<br /> <br /> I only use the hand wash car wash. But it has been closed due to the cold temps. There might be a window of opportunity on Thursday,<br /> as it will climb up to 29 degrees. But more snow after that perhaps.



Chris Greene

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Jan 2nd, 2018 01:05 PM        

I wash my LLC twice a year so I'm no use to you. I was thinking of getting a detail this spring as the vehicle has only been washed 20-25 times in the years I've owned it (since December of 2009).



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Jan 2nd, 2018 01:14 PM        

I am not that particular, so I just go through the car wash, which seems to always open despite the cold (they only close for precipitation). <br /> <br /> Once you can't see out of the windows because of the salt, you know its time. Its likely time for me now, but with snow scheduled for tomorrow night, maybe I will just go by the gas station and squeegee. <br /> <br /> I wash mine much more in the winter because of the salt. In the fair weather months, I can forget to do it for months at a time.



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Jan 2nd, 2018 02:59 PM        

We have a great hand car wash near in town, hit that when it suits and run a low pressure hose over it a couple of times a week. Mainly to remove mud. Underside gets steam cleaned twice a year and sprayed with oil. Then some fresh water when hosing it down.



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Jan 2nd, 2018 03:06 PM        

Most guys that I know who obsess over their vehicles and scooters do the same thing: they don't take their 'good' vehicles out of the garage unless the sun is out and the sky is blue.<br /> <br /> They have a beater for all the other days. <br /> <br /> You can spot these vehicles from a mile away. Everything is perfect on them. They even q-tip the joints in the body panels. <br /> <br /> It's always entertaining when one of these goobs is really tailgating me on the road. It's when I notice my windshield could use a squirt of washer fluid.



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Jan 2nd, 2018 03:21 PM        

It was 4 degrees the other day when we were visiting in Omaha, so I drove it through the auto car wash (yes, with brushes! horrors! but this car is a 10 year old Hyundai Santa Fe).<br /> <br /> After going through the wash, which included the "power air dry" at the end, I pulled over in the gas station and took a rag to all the door seals and tailgate. Then I made sure I opened all the doors about 20-30 minutes later to make sure nothing was frozen shut.<br /> <br /> Drove home to Minnesota over the weekend - and it's filthy again! So there you go!



RKSTRAT

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"Clapton is Good"
Jan 2nd, 2018 03:24 PM        

"It's always entertaining when one of these goobs is really tailgating me on the road. It's when I notice my windshield could use a squirt of washer fluid."<br /> <br /> Oh, so you were the guy that squirted me :-).<br /> <br /> BTW, when there is a leaf blowing crew out in the street, I <br /> give them the evil eye. They stop and let me pass.



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Jan 2nd, 2018 03:26 PM        

I saw you wave at me. You didn't use all your fingers :o)



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Jan 2nd, 2018 03:46 PM        

Itâs very hard to maintain a clean vehicle up here with the heavily salted streets and highways. I use the touchless wash every couple of weeks.



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Jan 2nd, 2018 04:05 PM        

The good news is that chemical action from the salt is MUCH slower at very cold temperatures. <br /> <br /> That's why parking your salt-covered car in a heated garage is NOT a good idea unless you plan to wash it very soon.<br /> <br /> 6



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Jan 2nd, 2018 04:07 PM        

I use to be a "clean car guy" and had a quarter car wash near me that had a heated floor in each of the bays, so I could use them anytime.<br /> <br /> But now I live at the end of 1.5 miles of dirt road, so I've had to get over it. Too dusty.



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