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Don't Believe the Bad Winter Car-Care Advice on Facebook

Bad winter car care advice.

    Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. However, some posts can't be taken too seriously — especially in regard to car care tips.

    A few of the "tips" circulating are actually memes or jokes. Taking this advice to heart could harm you or your vehicle.

    Some examples of unsound advice:
    *Do not try at home. Will cause damage to your vehicle.

Instead of scraping ice off of your windshield, boil water and throw it on the glass to instantly remove ice.

    In the comments, a user admits to trying this method. She said it "shattered" her entire windshield.

    The reason that cold glass may crack is because the heat isn't transferred uniformly through the entire piece of glass which causes different rates of expansion and contraction. That stress, then, is relieved by a break.

Put antifreeze in your windshield washer fluid to de-ice faster.

    Antifreeze is oil-based, so your windshield would actually end up a greasy mess that would be pretty tough to clean.

Add snow traction to your tires by putting a two-inch screw in each tread.

    Some people posted comments admitting that they thought this was real advice. A flat tire (or tires) is inevitable.

   
    Always check with your local mechanic or a car-savvy friend before taking Facebook vehicle tips too seriously.

 

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