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posted 1/17/2009 9:53:48 AM |
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  LilGriz

As most of you know, it gets a mite chilly up here in MN. With all the chemicals ( mainly salt ) that are put on the roads to keep them clear, our vehicles have a tendency to completely change color after a snow storm or cold weather ( -15 or lower ). The automated car washes up here generally close down when it gets below -5 to -10. Since our lows have been in the -30 to -40 ( thats air temp, not wind chill ) range since Sunday, our vehicles have gotten a bit dirty with everything being done to stop the black ice and the small snow storms we had been getting during the week. Yesterday it finally got up to 0, and the lines at the carwashes were getting long.

I was in Fort Worth, TX a number of years ago in Dec. and tried to get the road grime washed off the buggy after a straight shot down from here. Was told they were shut down as it was too cold. You could imagine my expression, as it was 40 at the time. After a brief discussion, I was asked where I was from, and when I told her, she said "that explains it" and pointed out a do it yourself one down the road, which I headed straight for.

I was just wondering at what temp everyone elses carwashes shut down for the cold. Got mine done last night....was a balmy 5....and now I recognize it again.

Stay warm

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ynot7769

Jan 17 @ 10:13AM  
duno but need to find one that works.....hey how bout opening the doors AFTER the wash??? freez shut??
hopon

Jan 17 @ 10:19AM  
I don't know about the car washes, but here in NC, everyone is bitching that it is cold etc..... it got down in the teens last night...... and when I tell them it is not, they automaticallyknow that I am an inplant!!! I come straight from the Adirondack Mountains of NY!!
LilGriz

Jan 17 @ 10:35AM  
opening the doors AFTER the wash??? freez shut??

Naaaah. I'm lucky enough to have a heated/ac'd garage, but hasn't been cold enough inside to turn on the heater yet. Coldest it has gotten inside has been 10. I always put Armorall on the door seals in the late fall, so have no problems of them freezing shut. WD40 works well too. I also spray WD40 on my hinges, door latch mechanisms, and inside the key holes. Just things I learned growing up on a farm, where you have to make sure everything works regardless of the elements.
casuallylooking

Jan 17 @ 10:57AM  
I know I have said that ours don't shut down, but actually I'm not sure about the auto washes. I always use the do it your self ones...

Then you have to be able to get into them with the ice buid up all over and the wand sometimes stuck in the holders.

And if they aren't frozen I spend the whole time hoping that I don't fall on my..... well you get the point..

Stay warm
I'm trying...it would help if the weather would cooperate.
You do realize how unfair it is that your weather is a little warmer than ours right now?? I still think we need a pouty emoticon
ynot7769

Jan 17 @ 11:10AM  
Naaaah. I'm lucky enough to have a heated/ac'd garage

now your just rubbin salt in the wound as you KNOW we ain't got no heated garage and more important NO ROOM to put the cars in it yet anyway
Sunshine79

Jan 17 @ 11:42AM  
Well, Here IN SUNNY FLORIDA....we never shut ours down. Ok, maybe only in a severe hurricane....at that point, it's a free car wash and possible re-location of your vehicle....or buggy as you say.
onehornytoad69

Jan 17 @ 11:44AM  
Ours Stay on all of the time!!! (In VA) But it does do the Finish Harm....if you wash when its really cold !! (Esp. Chrome! I learned that the hard way!! )
We dont have yall's cold temps... TG!!!
But its cold here today!!! near 30 for the high!.. WTF?
casuallylooking

Jan 17 @ 12:06PM  
IN SUNNY FLORIDA..
Hey Megan, I used to like you til that comment.. that was so not nice of you..
I'm kidding...I'm glad someone is keeping warm. Ummm, you want company?

at that point, it's a free car wash and possible re-location of your vehicle...


NO ROOM to put the cars in it yet anyway
hey Y, ask him how much room he has in a few months...... in the house or garage... lmao
ynot7769

Jan 17 @ 3:22PM  
hey Y, ask him how much room he has in a few months...... in the house or garage

i'll git right on that..........
StraddleMyNose

Jan 19 @ 9:08AM  
I have no idea when they shut down here in my area. But I'm one that likes to wash my own car and to remove what I need to with all that salt on it at home.

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