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Old 11-26-2010, 05:56 PM
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Some Winter Tricks for us folk in the North

Keep your headlights clear with car wax! Just wipe ordinary car wax on your headlights. It contains special water repellents that will prevent that messy mixture from accumulating on your lights - lasts 6 weeks.

Squeak-proof your wipers
with rubbing alcohol! Wipe the wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. This one trick can make badly streaking & squeaking wipers change to near perfect silence & clarity.

Ice-proof your windows
with vinegar! Frost on it's way? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water & spritz it on all your windows at night. In the morning, they'll be clear of icy mess. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water---preventing water from freezing!

Prevent car doors from freezing shut
with cooking spray! Spritz cooking oil on the rubber seals around car doors & rub it in with a paper towel. The cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber

Fog-proof your windshield
with shaving cream! Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield & wipe if off with paper towels. Shaving cream has many of the same ingredients found in commercial defoggers.

De-ice your lock in seconds
with hand sanitizer! Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key & the lock & the problems solved!
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:20 PM
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May have to try some of those.
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The wax idea should work on the windshield too...i wax my windshield in bug season so the powerwasher blows them all off on the weekend.
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Cool tips sir, all rain here so far, snowed about 5 cm and rained after, whew!
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Good tips.

Wish I lived where I needed to use them. Right now we in So. Ca. are having a "cold-snap", all the way down to 40ish in some places.

I remember when I lived in Iowa, anything above 35 was BBQ weather.
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Those are good tips except for the windshield. Don't wax your windshield. You can wax the side windows with no problem but your windshield is made of a different kind of glass material then you side windows. Plus some or most windshields are pitted by some minor sand blasting (from daily driving) and the wax will sit and stay in the pitted areas.

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Here in michigan we got 5.5 inches on wednesday. It susposed to be up to 34 today and not be back above freezing for the next week. I will have to try a few of these thanks
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Those are good tips except for the windshield. Don't wax your windshield. You can wax the side windows with no problem but your windshield is made of a different kind of glass material then you side windows. Plus some or most windshields are pitted by some minor sand blasting (from daily driving) and the wax will sit and stay in the pitted areas.

Just my .02 cents.

RainX is a better solution than wax. I have had great results using RainX on all of my vehicles. Cheers!
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thanks for the tips!
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