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Unread 01-04-2010, 08:52 AM
 
Location: The 'Nati
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Default Washing a car when it's below freezing

So I came out this morning to find my car covered in bird droppings. I don't have a garage space to park my car in so I have to park it on a tree lined street. Apparently a flock of birds decided to meet on the tree that my car was parked underneath.

The temperature is not supposed to get above 20-25 degrees for at least a week. Is it ok to wash a car when it's this cold outside or should I just spot clean?
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Unread 01-04-2010, 08:58 AM
 
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Yes, you can wash the car when its this cold, but you'll need a rubber dish glove to keep your hand from freezing! Try and use a bucket of hot water for the soap.

Also, with such cold weather, be mindful of freezing the windshield wipers, door seals, and door locks shut. Wash the car, but be sure and dry the door seals for doors you plan to use and pull the windshield wipers off the car or they'll tear. Also, if you don't have keyless entry, protect the key hole or you won't be able to get the key in after the water freezes in it.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 09:13 AM
 
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Just take it to a car wash place. Its going to be hard to properly dry off everything... that and drying it off before it freezes. Time is money, an $8 car wash can save you an hours worth of work.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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So I came out this morning to find my car covered in bird droppings. I don't have a garage space to park my car in so I have to park it on a tree lined street. Apparently a flock of birds decided to meet on the tree that my car was parked underneath.

The temperature is not supposed to get above 20-25 degrees for at least a week. Is it ok to wash a car when it's this cold outside or should I just spot clean?
Go to a car wash. Just make sure that you purchase one of the better packages that includes a blow-dry.

Your only problem is going to be the possibility of doors and windows freezing shut. To avoid that, after you go through car wash, take a rag and wipe down all your door and window seals.

You'll be fine.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 09:27 AM
 
Location: The 'Nati
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Thanks to you all (just saw your reply Omaha)

I don't plan on handwashing my car unless I absolutely have to. I was thinking about taking it to a handwash car place to have someone else do it because the bird droppings are now frozen onto my car. My main concern with washing it in the winter is everything freezing up and the possibility of my windshields cracking/shattering.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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Thanks to you all (just saw your reply Omaha)

I don't plan on handwashing my car unless I absolutely have to. I was thinking about taking it to a handwash car place to have someone else do it because the bird droppings are now frozen onto my car. My main concern with washing it in the winter is everything freezing up and the possibility of my windshields cracking/shattering.
I lived in Minnesota for the better part of 20 years. I can assure you that you won't have a problem with your windshield cracking or shattering.

Get a good car wash package - one that includes pre-wash & blow-dry - and you should be fine.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Go to a car wash. Just make sure that you purchase one of the better packages that includes a blow-dry.

Your only problem is going to be the possibility of doors and windows freezing shut. To avoid that, after you go through car wash, take a rag and wipe down all your door and window seals.

You'll be fine.
Then spray a small rag with silicone and go over the seals to further prevent freezing.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire
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Being a resident of sunny So Calif, where it's 80 degrees today, I can't imagine a car wash even being open in the winter... They close here if it's cloudy...!
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Unread 01-04-2010, 05:03 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY/CT area.
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Just do not use HOT water, especially on glass...
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Unread 01-04-2010, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Elgin, Illinois
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Being a resident of sunny So Calif, where it's 80 degrees today, I can't imagine a car wash even being open in the winter... They close here if it's cloudy...!
Here winter is a BIG car wash business season.
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