01-10-2005, 05:54 AM
View Full Version : Winter drivers: How often do you wash your car in winter and where?
01-10-2005, 05:54 AM
01-10-2005, 06:02 AM
Normally I just wait for a warm day (10C maybe) and wash it outside.
01-10-2005, 06:16 AM
Every Saturday morning at the local inside do-it-yourself Shell Car Wash.
Fortunatly my son is friends with the owner and I get a free pass to spend as much time as I want to clean and dry off the car before re-entering the freezing ( minus 25 to minus 35 ) weather outside.
01-10-2005, 07:00 AM
01-10-2005, 07:48 AM
01-10-2005, 07:58 AM
01-10-2005, 08:08 AM
01-10-2005, 08:09 AM
01-10-2005, 09:12 AM
Besides it's going back in May :)
01-10-2005, 09:57 AM
01-10-2005, 12:26 PM
01-10-2005, 12:30 PM
Dunno.... is it worth it to hold out for the S-Line this Aug/Sept... eh, I think it's time for a change.
01-10-2005, 03:57 PM
01-10-2005, 08:07 PM
01-10-2005, 08:34 PM
I usually only use the car on the weekends, so sunday before it's parked for the week, it's washed, fluids checked, gas topped up....I use a coin-op pressure wash, and spend lots of time on the under carriage and suspension.
01-10-2005, 08:58 PM
01-11-2005, 03:51 AM
01-11-2005, 04:22 AM
01-11-2005, 08:39 AM
You know, I seriously wonder which is worse for the paint on our cars. The touchless washes use extremely high pressure, which isn't good. The soft touch washes use the soft spongy things (don't know what they're called) which wipe the dirt off. But of course, the soft wipers might be holding dirt particles, too.
So which is worse?
01-11-2005, 08:56 AM
but after a couple of years, the novelty of the car wears off and I can't see myself washing it myself in the cold.
I see $150k mercedes S classes going through the touchless as well. I think only the real enthusiasts obsess over the finish of their car.
01-11-2005, 11:00 AM
Zackley! I use the wand wash and my wash mit whenever possible. I figure the odd soft-touch wash is OK. I just don't make a habit of it.
01-11-2005, 05:37 PM
Our highways guys are now using liquid salt solution to rapid thaw the bridge crossings here in the Yukon -part of the new national highway safety code -so I religiously wash that salt residue and associated muck off every weekend. As soon as the CQ is gleaming clean again it will warm up, snow and make the car dirty again. I stop washing at -20C.
Right now it is -38 and the car is parked waiting for new O rings for the fuel injectors.
After 15 years they don't change with the temperatures as they should so fuel is pissing all over the manifold.
Yeah I know but it still beats living with hundreds of thousands of other people in a city.
01-15-2005, 01:15 PM