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Can I use a car wash to de-ice my car

No, you cannot. You state that " I would only have to scrape a little bit to get there safely", however this is not correct - you should clear ALL essential windows before you move the car - the first ...
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Keeping windshield ice-free without heater

Does the air conditioner work? If so, you can blow COLD and DRY air onto the windshield from inside by setting the controls to: A/C, WINDSHIELD, OUTSIDE AIR. The cold/dry/outside air from the A/C ...
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Have any systems been created for electric cars to intentionally reduce torque in icy conditions?

The anti-lock system already monitors the individual speed of all wheels and reduces braking power of individual wheels when it detects it locking. From there, it is just a small step to the ...
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Can I use a car wash to de-ice my car

If it's cold enough to have ice covering your windshield, the leftover water will ice up your doors and locks. Depending how soon and how much you use your brakes, you could have some ice forming on ...
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Can I use a car wash to de-ice my car

I'm not convinced this would even work. The car has been cold-soaked to a temperature below 0. When you spray water on that cold surface, at least some of it will freeze. If the car wash used warm ...
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Keeping windshield ice-free without heater

The easiest thing you could use right now is a de-fogging agent. Anything which will keep the humidity off of the windshield. What I'm talking about is something like Rain-X. At least this should keep ...
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Keep control cables from freezing on snowblower

I would apply a silicone grease or silicone spray lubricant into the opening regardless of your freezing issue, this will definitely help with displacing and preventing moisture build-up. Plus, it ...
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Using 4wd on snow/dry pavement bad for 2012 Pathfinder?

That's an unfortunate scenario. While it's not the end of the world to use 4wd on pavement in your case, you would want to keep the speed low, and avoid tight turns--turn off 4wd if you are going to ...
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How to best deal with ice buildup on inside front window of car?

First: how to fix. You can take a scraper to the inside of the car window. The windows are definitely hardy enough to withstand having a scraper used on it. I do it all the time, and have never had ...
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Can you "warm up" an electric car in icy weather?

Your question about being plugged into a charger is an important one. Most (all?) EVs today permit "pre-climate" control in which the vehicle remains connected to the EVSE and will run the air ...
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How to best deal with ice buildup on inside front window of car?

When you park at work, try to orient your car towards the south, which will help solar heating of the front of the car. With any luck your ice will sublimate, and when you run the heater in the car ...
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Can I use a car wash to de-ice my car

You really need to get the car sufficiently warm that the ice melts. the real danger with using any other method is that any residual film of water can re-freeze very quickly, especially once the car ...
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Keep control cables from freezing on snowblower

I would make sure the rubber covers don't have splits in them. then use a water dispersant, WD40 is one example, in copious amounts to get any moisture out. Then re-treat as often as necessary. I had ...
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Keeping windshield ice-free without heater

Clean your windshield with a special sponge (most bigger gas stations should have those). Apart from removing dust particles from your windshield (which contribute to fog buildup), they are also ...
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Keeping windshield ice-free without heater

The absolute easiest way to keep the windshield clear is to drive with the window open. This will remove the humidity from the car very quickly. FYI, the humidity comes from your breath, so opening ...
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Keeping windshield ice-free without heater

Another thing that you might have luck with is to run the fan at low speed with the defroster on (assuming you can control the airflow). That will keep air moving over the windscreen and will help ...
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How to best deal with ice buildup on inside front window of car?

You can prevent frost on the inside of the windshield in 2 ways. use a blanket. Make sure the air inside the car is not moist enough to condense into an ice layer. Frost inside the car is ...
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Keep control cables from freezing on snowblower

I fixed my frozen cables by injecting antifreeze into them at the cable ends. 2 winters ago I tried this and the cables remain unfrozen in winter. The challenge is finding a location you can inject ...
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My truck is stuck on top of a rock wall with a sheet of ice and snow on it, help

You hire a breakdown wagon that can lift your vehicle and put it back on the hardtop... safest and probaly best. Dragging it may cause or at least add to any damage underneath. Cheap probably not, ...
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Can you "warm up" an electric car in icy weather?

Yes, defrosting works like with any vehicle - it just uses the battery instead of gas. With the Teslas this happens automatically. If you ask it to start from the app and the outside temps are low, ...
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Cheap way to remove scratches made on tinted window inside of car?

Try plastic wax sold at Wal-Mart for headlights it will smooth out light scratches made in tint which is a film but will not help where it is actually ripped torn or missing. Best bet is to re tint or ...
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How to best deal with ice buildup on inside front window of car?

Running the A/C (with the heat on full) will help to reduce humidity in the car, which in turn will reduce the amount of frost on the inside. This works because chilling the air reduces its ability to ...
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Can I use a car wash to de-ice my car

I do commend you for asking before trying. I heard of one person who tried boiling water on his windscreen: not a good idea. :) As others have already stated, washer fluid will not solve your ...
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