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#152 of 161 Re: Are there any wiper blades that actually wipe in winter weather? [tj6968]
Feb 27, 2010 (11:40 pm)
Do they actually get rid of the nasty dirt and snow from the tires of other cars or do you still have to squirt the washer fluid to remove it? I would love to find a blade that kept me from constantly using the washer fluid. I'm always afraid I'm going to run out.
#153 of 161 Re: Are there any wiper blades that actually wipe in winter weather? [mary_smith]
Mar 04, 2010 (12:01 pm)
I don't think any blade can remove dirt and snow completely without some washer fluid. In the winter, I highly recommend keeping an extra bottle of winter blend washer fluid in the trunk. Also get a set of winter blades.
#154 of 161 Re: recipe for disaster? [nehlstay]
Mar 04, 2010 (12:34 pm)
The bigger they are the harder they fall though. A SUV with a poor crash rating will likely cause a fatality when dancing with large immovable objects, while a smaller car with a stellar rating will likely keep the driver and passengers alive.
I got around fine in the snow with the Subaru, there has to be more than two feet on the ground before there is an issue. For 90% of the country who don't live in insane snow conditions a v8 and 4wd is unnecessary in 2010.
#155 of 161 Re: recipe for disaster? [kdshapiro]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Dec 29, 2010 (6:34 pm)
It's interesting how well heavier RWD cars often do in even serious snow conditions. Undoubtedly, some people are probably paying a good deal extra for an AWD when they could undoubtedly do without it 99% of the time (and stay home that one day).
I wonder how many RWD drivers bother to put snows on all 4 wheels. It makes a difference.
#156 of 161 Re: recipe for disaster? [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 30, 2010 (8:10 am)
Sometimes at least heavy is good (may depend on weight distribution).
My 64 Catalina was a tank in winter with its retread snows and would go through almost anything, once you got it moving).
My 66 LeMans 77 Volare, and 71 dart on the other hand were rear end floaty and while I could get through with winters I for sure needed my winter driving skills.
Speaking of tires I wonder sometime how often it happens people find their brand new shiny vehicle with all seasons go through the slop fine the first year only to find it not so good going in subsequent years and end up swapping for new magic winter all seasons (and throwing away the old one that may still have acceptable milage on them for dry or wet/unfrozen conditions)
#157 of 161 Re: recipe for disaster? [ray80]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Dec 30, 2010 (10:03 am)
Well "all-season" is a compromise tire for people who live in climates that might only have a few inches of snow a year. It's expensive to keep two sets of tires and rims but if you gotta go in the snow and have no choice then I guess you have to gear up to give yourself the best chances.
#158 of 161 Re: recipe for disaster? [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 11, 2011 (8:48 am)
where I am in the NE, there's snow and ice starting probably from nov til march. If you have the space (4 set of snow tires and rims are 4 ft tall and 2 ft wide), I would definitely get them plus you average out the wear and tear on the "all season" tires anyways. Snow tires can last quite a few winters.
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by steve_ HOST
Dec 02, 2011 (2:06 pm)
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