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DawnStorm
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It's snowing/sleeting here in the Mid-Atlantic, and I'm listening to a local talk-show host. In the midst of school closings and other cancellations, he read a list of home remedies for everything from preventing your windshield from icing over to sealing a radiator leak till you can get to a service station. They sound crazy, so of course I posted them here. Is there an auto mechanic on the boards? Here are some of the remedies the host mentioned:
1. Rubbing a raw potato over the windshield--prevents icing over. [Roll Eyes]
2. Cover the distributor caps with fingerless gloves--I think it's to keep them from getting wet. [Confused]
3. Putting aspirin somewhere in the car, I think on the battery. Sounds stupid to me. [Confused] [Confused]
4. Putting a raw egg in the radiator to temporarily seal leaks. [Razz]
What say y'all? [dunce]

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I've never heard of any of those. Sometimes I lay a towel over my windshield at night so that I can just peel it off the next morning and be able to see. That's about it for me. I don't know enough about cars to tell you if any of those others would be worth doing.

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Originally posted by Dawn:
4. Putting a raw egg in the radiator to temporarily seal leaks. [Razz]

I think I've heard this one on Car Talk before. They've also mentioned putting black pepper in the radiator for the same purpose. I'll go do a search and see if they've discussed it in any of their newspaper columns.

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Originally posted by Dawn:
4. Putting a raw egg in the radiator to temporarily seal leaks. [Razz]

I think I've heard this one on Car Talk before. They've also mentioned putting black pepper in the radiator for the same purpose. I'll go do a search and see if they've discussed it in any of their newspaper columns.
Oh yeah, I saw that on MacGyver once, so, yeah, that's defin'tly gonna work [Roll Eyes]
If it DOES work, it'd surely have to be in a hot engine? Can't imagine raw egg doing much hole blocking.

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Originally posted by Dawn:
1. Rubbing a raw potato over the windshield--prevents icing over.

Silly! That just cures your car of warts!

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Originally posted by Dawn:
It's snowing/sleeting here in the Mid-Atlantic, and I'm listening to a local talk-show host. In the midst of school closings and other cancellations, he read a list of home remedies for everything from preventing your windshield from icing over to sealing a radiator leak till you can get to a service station. They sound crazy, so of course I posted them here. Is there an auto mechanic on the boards? Here are some of the remedies the host mentioned:
1. Rubbing a raw potato over the windshield--prevents icing over. [Roll Eyes]
2. Cover the distributor caps with fingerless gloves--I think it's to keep them from getting wet. [Confused]
3. Putting aspirin somewhere in the car, I think on the battery. Sounds stupid to me. [Confused] [Confused]
4. Putting a raw egg in the radiator to temporarily seal leaks. [Razz]
What say y'all? [dunce]

1, 2, and I'm pretty sure, 3, can all be solved with a garage. Though 2 is more easily handled by having a car that is a) not a Jeep Wrangler, and b) having a car manufactured after 1990. But I bet if you repackaged finger-less gloves as distrubutor cap cozies, you could sell 'em at AutoZone for three times the price you paid for 'em!

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Originally posted by Marrya. on the beach. with a ring:
Oh yeah, I saw that on MacGyver once, so, yeah, that's defin'tly gonna work [Roll Eyes]

I know you probably don't hear Car Talk in New Zealand, but the hosts are actual mechanics, so they do know what they're talking about. Although I'll admit I think they suggested it in a "we've heard of people doing this, but we've never actually tried it ourselves" sort of way.

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ah! Gotta check the fine tuning on my skepticism meter. Looks like it's set a tad high.

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A quick toss of a pitcher of hot water on the front and back windshield is what works for me (my "garage" is four poles and a roof, and the car ices over in this cold winter weather)

lil "but I drive an old piece of crap with a 20 minute defroster" orphan

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I've heard the egg-in-the-radiator trick too (specifically it mentioned egg white - not sure precisely what difference that makes, if any). It supposedly works by thickening the contents of your radiator, much the same way as commercially-made additives that are designed to slow leakage. It's an old bush mechanic's trick, according to one of our 4WD handbooks. We've never actually tried it, though. Somehow I think the egg wouldn't do much once it starts to cook in there...

I've never heard of gloves on the distributor, but I have heard suggestions that an old blanket be draped over the engine when parking overnight in snow country.

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Originally posted by lilorphan doesn't have a clue:
A quick toss of a pitcher of hot water on the front and back windshield is what works for me (my "garage" is four poles and a roof, and the car ices over in this cold winter weather)

I hadn't heard this one until I came to Ireland, everyone does it here (went out this morning with the tea pot:)) But I've also heard that if the water is very hot then you risk breaking the seal around the window. Can anyone confirm this?

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Originally posted by Lunasa:
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Originally posted by lilorphan doesn't have a clue:
A quick toss of a pitcher of hot water on the front and back windshield is what works for me (my "garage" is four poles and a roof, and the car ices over in this cold winter weather)

I hadn't heard this one until I came to Ireland, everyone does it here (went out this morning with the tea pot:)) But I've also heard that if the water is very hot then you risk breaking the seal around the window. Can anyone confirm this?
You especially risk the water freezing. Throwing water at stuff for defrosting purpose is a monumentally bad idea...

Well, maybe in more temperate places. Don't try it when it's -40, believe me.

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Originally posted by Etienne, kitchen, with the plunger:
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Originally posted by Lunasa:
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Originally posted by lilorphan doesn't have a clue:
A quick toss of a pitcher of hot water on the front and back windshield is what works for me (my "garage" is four poles and a roof, and the car ices over in this cold winter weather)

I hadn't heard this one until I came to Ireland, everyone does it here (went out this morning with the tea pot:)) But I've also heard that if the water is very hot then you risk breaking the seal around the window. Can anyone confirm this?
You especially risk the water freezing. Throwing water at stuff for defrosting purpose is a monumentally bad idea...

Well, maybe in more temperate places. Don't try it when it's -40, believe me.

'tienne

You can get away with it in Georgia. Although when it's really cold it can ice right back up. Usually I throw the defrost on full blast and hit the windshield wipers as soon as I dump the water to stop that from happening.

I did use hot water to get my car door or lock on my door unstuck. It did freeze up on me again and I had to do it all over again. Embarrassing I tell you.

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The host did get an e-mail from a listener that said the best way to keep ice off your car was a garage! [lol] duh! I don't have a garage, but I do have a handy scraper plus that de-icing stuff that Prestone makes. Trust me, if there was a potato in my house, it would be baked and eaten. [Big Grin]
Here's something else I heard years ago: a pair of panty hose makes a great emergency quickie fan belt. Maybe on an older car; I've seen the belt on my car and it looks pretty complex. It's called a serpentine belt for a reason, no? [Cool]

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Originally posted by Dawn:
Here's something else I heard years ago: a pair of panty hose makes a great emergency quickie fan belt. Maybe on an older car; I've seen the belt on my car and it looks pretty complex. It's called a serpentine belt for a reason, no? [Cool]

Heard that one on Car Talk, too. It worked better in the old days when cars had seperate belts for each accessory, and when they used "V belts" instead of the grooved belts they use nowadays. But they also pointed out that to just limp to the nearest gas station you don't actually need all those things the serpentine belt goes around -- just the water pump and maybe the alternator. Of course that means you have to know enough about cars to be able to identify those parts.

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Originally posted by Dawn:
Here's something else I heard years ago: a pair of panty hose makes a great emergency quickie fan belt.

I just dragged out the 4WD manual and it mentions that trick, too.

It also mentions adding soapy water, mustard or flour to your radiator to stop leaks, as well as the egg method. I have no idea how those are supposed to work...

Other tips for freezing conditions include:
Pack small boards or branches under tyres to prevent them freezing to the ground.
Release the handbrake so it doesn't freeze.
Loosen fan belts to prevent fracturing or freezing to pulleys.
Lift windscreen wiper blades to stop them freezing to the glass.
If possible, fill fuel tanks to expansion levels to prevent condensation in the tank.
And the blanket-over-the-engine.

Funny that it doesn't mention what to do to stop your locks from freezing.

Some of them just sound like common sense but I've never had to resort to any- I don't live in, and haven't visited, snow country. Anyone ever resorted to these?

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If anyone's car does get stuck in the snow, he's how NOT to move it:

http://www.xtr.nildram.co.uk/forums/snowtowcar.wmv

NOTE: I think it's about 14 meg.

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Originally posted by Gummo.nz:
If anyone's car does get stuck in the snow, he's how NOT to move it:

Oh. My. Goodness. First thoughts as I watched it: Why not at least shovel some of the snow out of the way? And all that snow being pushed against the back end... I don't know, but it seems like filling up your exhaust pipe with snow is not a good idea.

Well, at least they'll have an accurate record to show the insurance company. [Smile]

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Originally posted by Etienne, kitchen, with the plunger:
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Originally posted by Lunasa:
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Originally posted by lilorphan doesn't have a clue:
A quick toss of a pitcher of hot water on the front and back windshield is what works for me (my "garage" is four poles and a roof, and the car ices over in this cold winter weather)

I hadn't heard this one until I came to Ireland, everyone does it here (went out this morning with the tea pot:)) But I've also heard that if the water is very hot then you risk breaking the seal around the window. Can anyone confirm this?
You especially risk the water freezing. Throwing water at stuff for defrosting purpose is a monumentally bad idea...

Well, maybe in more temperate places. Don't try it when it's -40, believe me.

'tienne

And you risk shattering your windshield also. The quoefficient of expansion of glass is rather high. When you heat part of it with hot water, it can expand so fast that it shatters.
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A quick toss of a pitcher of hot water on the front and back windshield is what works for me (my "garage" is four poles and a roof, and the car ices over in this cold winter weather)
I actually thought that was a joke at first because when I was in highschool, my friends windshield was completely covered in a mixture of snow and ice that was impossible to get off with the icescraper so she ran in the house and grabbed a pail of VERY hot water. The next thing we heard was a loud cracking sound which we assumed was the ice but after we took that off there was a huge hole in the middle of the windshield. Everybody laughed when we told them what happened and were told that that was the worst thing to do when there's ice on your windshield. It was extremely cold outside (I know the temp was below zero) So i guess you could use that if it's not as cold, but the sudden temp change can do some serious damage.
It didn't help that her windshield was already cracked to begin with!

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Gummo, WELCOME TO THE BOARDS!!

Your first act is to buy my wife a new keyboard... she has been nearly hospitalized due to damage she incurred from laughter, well, screaming would be more like it, all due to your video.

Those are some pretty stupid kids.

What I want to know is, why did six or more young men just stand about watching as the truck did the pulling. I won't even get into the physics of them pulling the car in the WRONG direction. About $8,000 damage just to get out of a snow drift... and these are our future leaders.

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Originally posted by Gummo.nz:
If anyone's car does get stuck in the snow, he's how NOT to move it:

I couldn't stop laughing, but egad!!!

Let's say I was expecting to see damage, but not that much!

Hubby & I vote unanimously: complete tossers!

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Okay, I know this sounds weird, but it really seems to work for me. On really cold, snowy days, I turn the temp on my defroster all the way down for about 30-45 seconds before I shut the car off. My theory is that it will cool the windshield, making the first snowflakes to hit it less likely to melt and form the smooth ice that's really hard to get off.

I also use the bend the windshield wipers so they're off the windshield when it's parked so they don't stick in the snow/ice.

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Originally posted by lilorphan doesn't have a clue:
A quick toss of a pitcher of hot water on the front and back windshield is what works for me (my "garage" is four poles and a roof, and the car ices over in this cold winter weather)

lil "but I drive an old piece of crap with a 20 minute defroster" orphan

Here in North Dakota, if you toss hot water on an iced-over windshield, you'll see very well. Between the cracks and holes. Dang near guaranteed to shattered your windshield.
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Another thing not to do if your windshield is iced over, put your heat on full blast.
A friend of mine had a 94 Honda Accord and the whole windshield cracked about an inch from the bottom all the way across. I don't know if this would happen on other cars, because my 03 Camry shoots out cold air if the engine hasn't been running, but it sure happened to her's.

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Another thing not to do if your windshield is iced over, put your heat on full blast.
A friend of mine had a 94 Honda Accord and the whole windshield cracked about an inch from the bottom all the way across. I don't know if this would happen on other cars...

Same thing happened to my husband's (95?) Forester this winter.

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A quick toss of a pitcher of hot water on the front and back windshield is what works for me (my "garage" is four poles and a roof, and the car ices over in this cold winter weather)


lil "but I drive an old piece of crap with a 20 minute defroster" orphan

Oh yeah. That works. My sister's friend did that and webbed the windshield. No, no, no, no. Must not throw hot water on frozen windshield.
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I find a sheet of VisQueen, or some heavy garbage bags, and a couple of strong magnets (such as the aquarium scrapers) does wonders keeping ice, snow, saltspray, etc. off windshields. Of course, in heavy winds, not the easiest thing to do by yourself.
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We got my FIL (from Maine) a heated ice scraper for Christmas. You'd have thought it was made of gold he was so excited about it.

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Originally posted by ooh la la Starla:
We got my FIL (from Maine) a heated ice scraper for Christmas. You'd have thought it was made of gold he was so excited about it.

Pray tell, where might I find such a wondrous item? (Did you have to slay a dragon to acquire it?)

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Originally posted by Gummo.nz:
If anyone's car does get stuck in the snow, he's how NOT to move it:

http://www.xtr.nildram.co.uk/forums/snowtowcar.wmv

NOTE: I think it's about 14 meg.

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Originally posted by Gummo.nz:
If anyone's car does get stuck in the snow, he's how NOT to move it:

http://www.xtr.nildram.co.uk/forums/snowtowcar.wmv

NOTE: I think it's about 14 meg.

It was worth it to open IE to watch that.

Thanks for the giggles and welcome to the board!

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Originally posted by ooh la la Starla:
We got my FIL (from Maine) a heated ice scraper for Christmas. You'd have thought it was made of gold he was so excited about it.

Pray tell, where might I find such a wondrous item? (Did you have to slay a dragon to acquire it?)

Faith "frozen charlotte" Love

We got ours from the Norm Thompson catalog. We saw a few others, but this one seemed to be of much higher quality and the only extra cost came from shipping. Their built-in underwire bra camisoles are wonderful too. [Big Grin]

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Pack small boards or branches under tyres to prevent them freezing to the ground.
Release the handbrake so it doesn't freeze.
Loosen fan belts to prevent fracturing or freezing to pulleys.
Lift windscreen wiper blades to stop them freezing to the glass.
If possible, fill fuel tanks to expansion levels to prevent condensation in the tank.
And the blanket-over-the-engine.

Funny that it doesn't mention what to do to stop your locks from freezing.

Some of them just sound like common sense but I've never had to resort to any- I don't live in, and haven't visited, snow country. Anyone ever resorted to these?



We've had our parking brake freeze, and boy, does it do weird things to the car.... (one wheel won't move. Flat space on tire, yes.) We do lift the wipers, but more to keep them from getting an icy patch (which is invariably in front of my poor eyes.)

The small boards and branches trick does work. We've used a shoplight - the kind with a 100 watt bulb in a cage - to keep the car warm enough to start as well as a dipstick heater - replace oil dipstick with this heating element. helps the car start. (These last were on my old car, which was carbeurated, and thus, temperamental. I now fuel injection. Much preferable.

Pcat (who lives in a fairly temperate place, all things considered, except when it's not. )

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O.K., All you have to do to get the ice off your windshield is go buy some de-icing wiper fluid and put in your car. Works like a charm.
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