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    Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    I will try the first one.

    http://lifehacker.com/327068/diy-win...r-on+the+cheap

    For many of us, along with winter comes an endless expanse of mornings spent freezing our fingers off scraping ice from our windshields. Rather than walking that chilly road again this winter, the Dollar Stretcher web site suggests several DIY solutions for keeping your windshield ice-free this winter. For example:

    To prevent your car's windows/mirrors from icing up... treat the windows before you go to bed each night. The window treatment can be made up of 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water and placed in a spray bottle... [and] will prevent ice from forming.
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    Prevent Car Doors From Freezing Shut with Cooking Spray
    Trying to get into your car the morning after a snowstorm only to find the doors are frozen shut is a devastating feeling. You might avoid that frustration with some Pam or other cooking spray.
    The blog Coffee Break with Liz and Kate recommends spraying cooking spray on the rubber seals around the car doors and then rubbing it with a paper towel. According to the AAA, the doors freeze because of snow melting into the seals and freezing overnight; the cooking spray oils should protect against that melting water.

    Liz and Kate also suggest in their post the DIY window de-icer solution made of vinegar and water we've mentioned previously and the cool hand sanitizer frozen car door lock trick.

    While you're out there winterizing with Pam, might as well coat your shovel with it too.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    No thanks. I don't want my car to smell like a salad.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Why not just lift up your wiper arms before you head inside for the evening?

    I've heard that this isn't good as well as water will run down the wiper arm and cause damage underneath.... is that true?
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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Well the wiper arms won't prevent ice from forming on the windshield. It seems from the article that by spraying the vinegar/water solution to your windsheild, you won't have any ice on it the morning after.

    I already have a spray bottle with a water vinegar mix, tonight I will spray it! Although it may not work tonight as we will have freezing rain and it will just wash off.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    also the lifting of the wiper arms became popular only a few years ago. You see funny situations at the GO station where people just do it for no reason. I've seen someone do it in an underground garage! Could have been a prank though.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Is this the BWM that keeps freezing?

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Balsamic Vinegar > BMW

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    My solution is to keep my car in my heated underground parking garage. Simple and effective.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Lets all park at GreyWyvern's underground parking lot.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Sure! Just let me park first.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Dragon View Post
    Is this the BWM that keeps freezing?
    Nothing is freezing. But because I only have a two car garage, the Tucson now has to live outside. This means that this morning I had to scrape the windshield this morning.

    Unless I'm reading it wrong, the first solution helps to prevent any ice from forming over night!

    I don't really mind scraping, but I also wouldn't mind not scraping!

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    i use windshield wiper fluid... put some in a spray bottle .. spray some before u go to sleep... voila!!

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    To keep doors from freezing shut, I first clean the door jams/contact areas because the smoother and cleaner the surface is the less the water has to "grab" onto when it freezes. Then I use a bit of mould release which is basically a silicone spray lubricant on all the rubber and door jams -- alternatively you could use a good hard paste wax on the painted parts - but I wouldn't recommend it on the rubber. There are also automotive seal conditioners you can buy (I guess Armour-All would work too) which is basically a silicone based lubricant/coating.

    I would stay away from stuff like cooking sprays which are basically vegetable oil in an aerosol can... It builds up and ends up being hard and sticky. It's also yellowing.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    My prelude door froze shut once.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    i'd rather have frozen doors, than frozen locks!!
    one time in the civic the locks froze shut and the car wouldnt even unlock!

    i had to get my super skinny friend to crawl thru the trunk to point the air vents at the locks and we waited 40 mins lol

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Silcone lube on the door gaskets is a good one

    I'd not spray vinegar on my car, the acetic acid can be hard on the paint and or any hidden corrosion prone areas.

    Just sayin....

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    just wondering.. wouldnt silicone lube eat ur paint? i was always told to keep anything silicone away from paint. ??

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Quote Originally Posted by subsonic-civic View Post
    ... i was always told to keep anything silicone away from paint. ??
    Because its ridiculously hard to get off -- but on 2-3cm wide sections of the door jams you can "paint" the entire "hidden" area up to the crease and nobody sees the colour shift.

    As far as internally frozen locks... try spraying WD-40 though the keyhole using the extension tube.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    My dad made me laugh so hard the other night.

    He came over and I see streaks of an oilish substance coming from the doors and key holes of the CR-V. I asked him what did you do? You rust proofed it?

    "Oh no, put on some olive oil"

    What a Greek.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    Silcone lube on the door gaskets is a good one

    I'd not spray vinegar on my car, the acetic acid can be hard on the paint and or any hidden corrosion prone areas.

    Just sayin....
    Yeah that's true. Probably better off just the windshield washer fluid like someone else mentioned.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Quote Originally Posted by subsonic-civic View Post
    just wondering.. wouldnt silicone lube eat ur paint? i was always told to keep anything silicone away from paint. ??
    Silicone doesn't eat paint, it's only an issue if you are painting a car. Fish eyes. Silicone lube won't affect cured paint. Door Locks should be lubed with graphite, nothing greasy.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Quote Originally Posted by OUZO Power View Post
    My dad made me laugh so hard the other night.

    He came over and I see streaks of an oilish substance coming from the doors and key holes of the CR-V. I asked him what did you do? You rust proofed it?

    "Oh no, put on some olive oil"

    What a Greek.
    He didn't use Windex?!

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    He didn't use Windex?!
    He wasn't trying to reprogram the keyless dude.
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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    He wasn't trying to reprogram the keyless dude.
    oh yeh.. right... I guess in this case Windex would have been overkill. Sorry for being too enthusiastic and assigning unnecessary resources for the job.

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    Re: Keeping windows/Doors from freezing in winter

    I have learned nothing from this thread. On behalf of Canada, I welcome you to our country.

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