Below ZERO Car Wash

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Below ZERO Car Wash

Bob Timm Oak Park Realty Minot ND Real Estate

If you are from an always warm climate you may wonder "Do you need to wash your car in the winter when it's well below zero degrees out?". Or "how does a car get dirty with that clean white snow?". And "how do you wash your car when it's below Zero outside?".

#1) Cars do get dirty even when it is extremely cold.

#2) Yes you do need to wash them.

#3) How is a little different then you do in warm weather. I will say that as hardy as we are up North we are not crazy enough to wash a car in our driveway with a bucket and a hose when the temperature is below freezing (at least not much below freezing). When it is below freezing and even sub-zero there are a few things you need to know.

The 1st two pictures show you the WHYyou need to wash your car in the cold winter months. Note the white stuff, that is salt that is mixed with sand the street crews use to melt snow on intersections so you can stop your car on ice and not slide right threw into traffic. Salt can damage paint fast and if left long enough will eat threw the metal of your car. Note the rust on the wheel well in the 2nd picture.

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Bob Timm Oak Park Realty Minot ND Real Estate

This picture is of a car that went through the car wash about a half hour ago. Out side tempature 10 degrees above zero.

Bob Timm Oak Park Realty Minot ND Real Estate

This is where things get a little trickier and detail is more important. Pretty much every car wash stays open up to about 20 below zero, then a few shut down. The quality of the wash provider changes the burden on you the car owner. The highest quality washes in town have employees that dry your car for you after it has gone threw the blowers. These people usually do a good job but they are at the low end of the wage scale and a nice tip will guarantee a better job.

Once you car has gone threw the blowers you need to open each door and dry the rubber gasket and anything it touches. If you do not two things can happen. #1) your doors will freeze shut. #2) the rubber will be permanently damaged (see the next picture).

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The next picture shows how even a half hour after the the wash and after wiping the car down with a towel, water can still seemingly magically appear. It's a good idea to double check things a little after the initial towel drying.

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Next, do not forget the trunk unless you want it closed until spring. The same procedure applies, after the wash dry the rubber gasket and check it again in about a half hour.

It is not necessary to do the hood of the car as the heat of the engine usually takes care of any freezing but it certainly doesn't hurt to wipe it down if you wish. Keep in mind that even after a car wash these areas are going to be dirty so use a town that you don't care about.

The simple solution, in case you missed it, to keeping your car clean and in good condition is going to the best washes and giving the attendants a worthy tip.. then asking them to wipe down the areas mentioned.

Bob Timm Oak Park Realty Minot ND Real Estate

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Pat Yoest
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I remember when we lived in Pennsylvania.  The winters are hard on cars and they need taken care of more than in warmer climates because salt can  and does do damage to the cars.  That's why cars in warmer climates are often in better shape than northern cars.

Jan 29, 2011 10:04 AM #1
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Bob Jakowinicz
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I was wondering how hard the warmer water could be on the paint of a car if the outside temp is so cold?  I know we need to wash em but makes you wonder how much it is helping or not.

Jan 29, 2011 10:50 AM #2
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Carla Harbert
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Also be careful NOT to drop your keys in the snow, then try to unlock a car door. Make sure those keys are DRY or unlocking problems will be hard to get rid of.

Jan 29, 2011 11:04 AM #3
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Tammy Emineth
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Wow Bob, It was 69 degrees in Springfield MO today! SHOCKER~~~ So I got out and washed both cars for the first time in 2 months! So glad cause hubby's coming home tomorrow and he needs a clean car this week! :)\

Jan 29, 2011 11:20 AM #4
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Pat, you are correct and it also affects their resale value.

Bob, I think getting that salt off is really important and outweighs the effect of hot water on a cold car. I would assume It may make a crack in the windshield grow larger.

Carla, good point, I've done that more then once. As long as we are on the subject I should mention they make products to spray in the key holes because they will freeze up too.

Tammy, WOW, what a nice thing to do for your man!

Jan 29, 2011 11:48 AM #5
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Debra Davis
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Snellville, GA
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I would not even think about washing my car in that cold of weather. I would not have know either of the damage that could be done with the salt. Stay warm.

Jan 29, 2011 12:10 PM #6
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Thanks Deb. Some of the coldest times are those sitting in the car waiting for the heater to "kick in".

Jan 29, 2011 12:33 PM #7
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Tamara Elliott-Deering
Central Metro Realty - Austin, TX

Bob,

Yet another reason I moved to Texas, I'm inherently lazy and I hate to wash the car.  I read a study that was perfect for me, it said that taking your car through the car wash was the best choice for the environment because they recycle the water.  And if I just can't bear the thought of even going through the car wash, I justify my dirty car with this thought, "The dirt protects the paint from damage that will occur because of the hole in the ozone layer."

See I told you I was lazy.

Tamara

Jan 29, 2011 11:59 PM #8
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Tamara, You can't do all that thinking and be lazy! You may be genius however.

Jan 30, 2011 12:31 AM #9
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