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Old 02-11-2013, 08:56 AM   #1
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Frozen.. D:

I live in Connecticut.. As we all know there was a good 3 feet of snow that came down. I went away to Florida about a week ago (lucky, I know) and my dad decided to leave me car in the driveway instead of putting it in the garage.. So it's current state is about 3 feet of snow on top of it. My dad said he doesn't wanna shovel all the snow off because he's afraid of scratching the paint (and a little bit lazy) I'm coming back from Florida in 6 days.. My question is, before starting my car when I get back what should I look out for? Frozen CCV perhaps? Moisture in the gas tank: I left it with about 1/4 tank.. Anything I should be worried about? Because my car won't be started until then. I also included a few photos my dad sent me for fun
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:16 AM   #2
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You should be fine. It will only be a couple of weeks. Just take it on a long highway drive. If you're still worried, pull it into the garage, let it warm to the temp of the garage, and then go out and drive it.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:21 AM   #3
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You should be fine. It will only be a couple of weeks. Just take it on a long highway drive. If you're still worried, pull it into the garage, let it warm to the temp of the garage, and then go out and drive it.
Thanks. My friends were suggesting heating the block with a hair dryer -.- hahaha I think that's a good idea to pull it into the garage for a night before driving it
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:32 AM   #4
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:18 AM   #5
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hahaha I think that's a good idea to pull it into the garage for a night before driving it
If you start it, I would definitely recommend driving it until fully warm (oil warm, not just coolant warm). Moving it 20 ft. is about the worst you could do.
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If you start it, I would definitely recommend driving it until fully warm (oil warm, not just coolant warm). Moving it 20 ft. is about the worst you could do.
Yeah I think ill clear off all the snow, then either let it sit overnight in the garage or start it and go for a 20 min drive
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:17 PM   #7
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Why are you under the impression that tons of snow makes the car colder? Your car has dealt with these temps for 10 or so years and hasn't exploded yet.
No you don't need to heat the block. No your ccv won't be frozen.
No your car won't explode into a million tiny pieces the second you touch it.

Unless its like -30 you're completely fine.
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Yeah I think ill clear off all the snow, then either let it sit overnight in the garage or start it and go for a 20 min drive
That's good, but a 20min drive won't get it all the way warm fwiw.
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Yes...the snow is keeping your car at 32 degrees.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:59 PM   #10
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well...

Add a bottle of 'Heet" to the fuel tank to begin your start procedure.

The battery may have been somewhat drained, and depending on how new, may or may not be ok. The electrical system is always 'awake' and using energy, even with the key off. Better to use a maintainer overnight in the garage rather than a charger if the battery is low... although they can be jump-started and run without damage.

Don't energize the starter for too long when it's really cold. Allow it to cool some if the engine doesn't fire in a normal amount of time.

The crankcase ventilation system may be ok depending on how it was before.
You need to drive until the oil is over 212' (boiling point of water), for a good long time to get most of the inevitable condensation 'boiled' away.

Don't let it sit idling to warm-up. Drive on side streets at least until the water temp. has stabilized for a while. Then, somewhat higher speeds are ok.
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Dont worry OP, nothing will happen.
Unless you have leaking sunroof or window seals. That would suck balls.

Try to be gentle with the door and the handle when you first open them. It might be frozen shut.
Other than that, just clean the snow/ice and let it warm up before you drive.
Its a good idea to jump start the car rather than cranking it many times if the battery seems low.

Except for that, nothing more to worry about.

If something creeps up as a problem, then it was there before the snow happened and snow just made it come to the surface.
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