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Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Railrust] #5206593 09/06/19 06:25 PM
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Thank god for a winter beater......


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Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Railrust] #5206616 09/06/19 07:00 PM
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I’ll be giving the 300 a nice final wash and wax before winter. During winter it gets blasted off at a touch less car wash every other week or so, weather permitting.

I can’t wait for all the AWD/4x4 “I’m invincible!!!” jerks riding your bumper who cannot fathom why you’re going 40 on a snow/ice covered road at 4am. Watched one of them pass me, only to find them in the ditch about a mile up the road. I honked as I drove pass.


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Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Skippy722] #5206621 09/06/19 07:10 PM
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All of the above is why I left the midwest and retired to southern Nevada. Sure, we have some crazy heat in July and August, but that beats crazy cold in January and February. The other 10 months of the year have predictably nice weather. Just wish I had done this sooner!

Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Onetor] #5206630 09/06/19 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Onetor
Out of curiosity, why don't people use their garages? I'm not in the NE at this time.....ignorance on my part...but, I certainly understand the lack of sun. Pacific NW living is interesting.....


Wife uses the garage, and every time she goes in she brings 1/2 gallon of "car water" that was slush stuck in the fenders and rocker area.

Only luxury is not having to scrape frost or snow off. Doesn't help the car any, and may hurt it by keeping it warmer (closer to freezing) and more humid.

Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Railrust] #5206633 09/06/19 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Railrust
Anyone else trying to hold on to that last bit of sunlight and preparing their vehicles for 6 months of torture? Would love to hear some winterizing techniques and winter commuting horror stories.


I once drove 14 hrs on a trip that normally took 8 through multiple blizzards and never left Michigan.


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Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Buzzinhalfdozen] #5206640 09/06/19 07:48 PM
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Anyone else trying to hold on to that last bit of sunlight and preparing their vehicles for 6 months of torture? Would love to hear some winterizing techniques and winter commuting horror stories.


I once drove 14 hrs on a trip that normally took 8 through multiple blizzards and never left Michigan.

That's awful, and I know how you feel...did that once driving from Washington to NH...hit a snow storm in Connecticut, another in Massachusetts...then finished it off with one more in New Hampshire, before pulling into my driveway that had two feet of snow in it (that I had to snow blow after that 14 hour, edge of my seat ride). Fun!

Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: eljefino] #5206641 09/06/19 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by eljefino
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Out of curiosity, why don't people use their garages? I'm not in the NE at this time.....ignorance on my part...but, I certainly understand the lack of sun. Pacific NW living is interesting.....


Wife uses the garage, and every time she goes in she brings 1/2 gallon of "car water" that was slush stuck in the fenders and rocker area.

Only luxury is not having to scrape frost or snow off. Doesn't help the car any, and may hurt it by keeping it warmer (closer to freezing) and more humid.


Yeah I've read that letting the car defrost and melt away ice in the garage is actually worse for it...accelerates the activation of the road salt into the metal.

Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Railrust] #5206661 09/06/19 08:25 PM
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over 10 years in salty + NO rust on my fully galvanized body panels or anything else on my traded 200 thou mile VW jetta!! not a fan of winter but easier being retired now. i dont like extreme heat or humidity but it is what is or RELOCATE, easier said than done for sure $$$$$$, job-family-job etc

Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Railrust] #5206662 09/06/19 08:28 PM
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Just put into service the 2019 JGC and the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid.

Winter prep as follows...

Bought Studded Hakka 9s for both, with OE steel wheels for both
https://www.nokiantires.com/winter-tires/nokian-hakkapeliitta-9/

Had Krown rust control applied to both vehicles
https://www.krown.com/en/

Had PPF applied to front fascia/bumper, full hood, A pillars, bother front fenders, mirrors, in front of sun roofs - both vehicles
Used this on the 2016 KIA and it still looks perfect
https://www.suntekfilms.com/paintprotection/ppf-c.aspx

Both vehicles are parked inside in the garage

Snowbrush / scraper ready

Driving habit check on first snow/ice.

Drive as defensibly as possible.....

As ready as I am going to get.


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Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Railrust] #5206672 09/06/19 08:39 PM
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We buy new and keep the ones we like 10 years then give them to family. Wifes car gets the unheated garage my 95 GMC gets oiled and waxed about this time and has no rust. The 77 shortbed gets put up for 6 months of misery. Spent February last year in FL but wife missed home. Now that we are retired we can pick and choose when to go out.


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Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Railrust] #5206682 09/06/19 08:55 PM
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I see a few folks claim that they don't like the heat and humidity. But it's not all that bad once you're used to it, and it doesn't destroy cars and trucks.

On the other hand I'll be driving the 442 in January with the top down enjoying the 70 degree days. And I'll enjoy the pool in October and November. If I toss the solar cover on I'll enjoy it in January, February and March. In November and December we'll spend a few days at the condo in Orange Beach and enjoy the beaches of the Gulf.

Seems a pretty fair trade off for a bit of sweat in the summer months.


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Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Railrust] #5206697 09/06/19 09:25 PM
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The same can be said for the winter cold and snow, once you're used to it. It's really personal preference and choice. I love ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, skiing (both types). Staying active in the winter is key to enjoying it. Spring opening trout season and morels are hard to beat. Summer on the Lake Michigan beaches is as close to ocean front experience one can get in the midwest. The fall color change, harvesting the final garden crops, and the November deer hunt on a crispy morning... priceless.

Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Railrust] #5206698 09/06/19 09:25 PM
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My wife puts it this way: she'd rather live in a cardboard box under a bridge here in northern Az than move back to NW Pa were we were born and lived for the first 48 years. I agree. Cars that don't slowly self-destruct is one reason. You can own a car for 20 years if you choose and never put a wrench on a rusty bolt. Not for everyone but for us the likes far outweigh the dislikes.


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Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Railrust] #5206713 09/06/19 10:03 PM
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Might be buying a family member’s cheap, zero-rust Trailblazer soon and will swap in a rear axle with a locker, plus new winter tires.

I do Fluid Film in the door and body cavities but am switching to just spraying fasteners on the underside. Spraying everything makes too much of a mess. I just swapped springs/dampeners on my Fluid Film coated Focus and it was a slimey mess - although not a trace of rust on coated surfaces.


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Re: The "calm" before the rust belt storm... [Re: Railrust] #5206719 09/06/19 10:14 PM
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I keep hearing “new cars don’t rust”. Living in rural northern Minnesota, I say non-sense.

Here’s a 2013 (at the OLDEST) Nissan Altima I saw a few weeks ago. Trunk lid starting to rust significantly.

Also recently saw a 4th gen Subaru Forester (2014 Model at the oldest) with rust and bubbling paint on a rear wheel arch (I only could see one side, so maybe they both were rusting).

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