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Old 01-14-2016, 04:46 AM
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Best Method of removing Snow from your car??

With the first snowfall about to happen any day now in New Jersey, I have to ask , how do you remove snow from your car? Are there any special brushes I should buy, etc?
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Old 01-14-2016, 05:07 AM
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Leaf blowers seem popular. I just use a scraper/brush tool and wipe off most of it then scrape the windows. I let the air flow peel off that last little layer, since if it is crusted on I am not scraping the surface of my car anyway and I would rather leave a snow storm behind me for the half block or so as I get out of my street. It is a very rare day that I even see another live person on my way out so I'm not worried about blinding someone. I'm just talking about that last little layer of snow, not inches, so it flies off within a hundred yards or so even at residential neighborhood speeds.
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:42 AM
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Leaf blowers seem popular. I just use a scraper/brush tool and wipe off most of it then scrape the windows. I let the air flow peel off that last little layer, since if it is crusted on I am not scraping the surface of my car anyway and I would rather leave a snow storm behind me for the half block or so as I get out of my street. It is a very rare day that I even see another live person on my way out so I'm not worried about blinding someone. I'm just talking about that last little layer of snow, not inches, so it flies off within a hundred yards or so even at residential neighborhood speeds.
Wow, a driver that is actually aware and considerate of other drivers, how rare is that these days! Sorry, I just couldn't resist.

Ditto your snow removal technique.
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Old 01-14-2016, 07:04 AM
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With the first snowfall about to happen any day now in New Jersey, I have to ask , how do you remove snow from your car? Are there any special brushes I should buy, etc?
SNOW!

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Old 01-14-2016, 07:11 AM
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With the first snowfall about to happen any day now in New Jersey, I have to ask , how do you remove snow from your car? Are there any special brushes I should buy, etc?
A coating or several inches of powdery snow is the easiest to blow (leaf-blower) off or use of a soft snow brush. The toughest is the cases where a layer of frozen, wet snow might stick to the car or other parts (like wipers, mirrors) and it's tough to resist scraping the stuff off. What helps is a good layer or wax on the car BEFORE the snows fall. That minute layer helps prevent ice from sticking and also makes it easier to remove without damaging the paint. Avoid using a scraper anywhere near the paint/bodywork. I recall one year a long long time ago I was scraping ice from my back glass and the scraper slipped and YIKES gouged the trunk lid!! That only happened ONCE but it hurt. After than I was much more careful! Also, when frozen stuff starts to slide off your car (esp hood after the engine warms up) -- a real problem if road grit is under the frozen layer because then the whole thing turns into a big piece of sandpaper!!

One add'l point - I use the pre-mixed deicers (the cheap stuff is fine) loaded into old spray bottles ... a few hours before snow / ice is forecast I'll spray the windshield and glass (and wipers too) with the stuff. Can't tell for sure (it may just be making me feel better!) but it seems to make it easier to clean after the snow event.

Last point - schedule a car transport and have your car trucked to a sunny warm location ...
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What is this snow thing people speak of?
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:38 AM
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Leaf blowers only work in Canada where it's cold. They don't work on wet snow.
An old straw broom works quite well. Modern plastic brooms get all stuck up - the snow sticks to the frayed ends of the plastic bristles.

If you're really anal, I suppose you can put on a micro-fiber mitt and do it.

One tip: do not drive your car with snow on it into a garage, especially a heated garage. You'll get water all over stuff you have stacked on the floor.
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We are trying one of these and it works very well with a swiveling head and a nice long extension. The grey "scraper brush" material is firm but soft and doesn't collect ice...so we are not concerned about scratches.
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We are trying one of these and it works very well with a swiveling head and a nice long extension. The grey "scraper brush" material is firm but soft and doesn't collect ice...so we are not concerned about scratches.
That is the most popular item in Canada in the winter for drivers. It does not seem to do any damage if you are careful.

As to the frozen snow and ice on the paintwork, the best is to head to the heated car wash when they are not busy; wash the car with the hot water etc. but do dry the car, all door gaskets, trunk rubber gasket and do not forget the gas cap door.

On the glass ONLY I use the scraper end very rarely if I get stuck e g if freezing rain falls while you are in a restaurant.
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Wait, don't you spend your summers in Florida?

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Who removes snow? I just buy a new one.
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Seriously though, how about those people who are driving down the highway with like a foot of snow all over their cars? They barely clear the front windshield and off they go. Cars zigging and zagging behind them from falling chunks. It's like the opening scene to a Mr. Magoo cartoon.
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Seriously though, how about those people who are driving down the highway with like a foot of snow all over their cars? They barely clear the front windshield and off they go. Cars zigging and zagging behind them from falling chunks. It's like the opening scene to a Mr. Magoo cartoon.
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Problem with this type is if it doesn't fall off and starts to melt it then turns to ice overnight. Now you have a vehicle with flying chunks of ice and the driver cares not. They Finally passed a law banning driving like that in NY. I still see it every time we get snow.
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SNOW!

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Same here!
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Sorry, that doesn't always work.

My M235i has been in the garage for 3 weeks and I live in SoCal [6,700 foot elevation].
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Leaf blowers seem popular. I just use a scraper/brush tool and wipe off most of it then scrape the windows. I let the air flow peel off that last little layer, since if it is crusted on I am not scraping the surface of my car anyway and I would rather leave a snow storm behind me for the half block or so as I get out of my street. It is a very rare day that I even see another live person on my way out so I'm not worried about blinding someone. I'm just talking about that last little layer of snow, not inches, so it flies off within a hundred yards or so even at residential neighborhood speeds.
Leaving that last inch or so sounds like a great idea. I scratched the paint on my last car and hope to avoid that mistake this time around.

I just received a letter from Echo saying not to use the leaf blower to blow snow off the car as the gas line could freeze. Oh well. Was a good thought.
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Leaving that last inch or so sounds like a great idea. I scratched the paint on my last car and hope to avoid that mistake this time around.

I just received a letter from Echo saying not to use the leaf blower to blow snow off the car as the gas line could freeze. Oh well. Was a good thought.
Does anyone have an explanation of how using a leaf blower to remove snow can freeze a gas line?
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Sorry, that doesn't always work.

My M235i has been in the garage for 3 weeks and I live in SoCal [6,700 foot elevation].
I lived in San Clemente, CA for 12 years. It is a beach city and I used to live 1.5 blocks from the ocean... I really miss that apartment!
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What about the snow broom? They had about 20 of them near the door to the car lot at the CarMax in Salt Lake City. I've never used one, but I've seen people use them. They look pretty handy.
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