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Old 12-15-2013, 05:59 PM
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Re: Snow storm

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Wait till you are by yourself and the fuel door freezes shut and you can't reach it and the !#%%%@@#$&* button at the same time. [anything soft and springly shoved into it and then push button has worked multiple times]
There's an emergency release for the fuel door just inside the rear hatch on the driver's side under a plastic cubby. I used that the couple of times my door froze last winter.
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:19 PM
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Winter storm Electra dropped some hefty snow north of Pittsburgh today, had to go pick up my stranded sister and it was my first snow with my 14 GC overland. Really impressed with the handling in wet snow and ice, especially in snow mode. Never felt myself slip or lose control. That's with the stock latitudes too. Kudos jeep.
I actually second that. This is the first time I took my Jeep to play in the snow. With Latitudes I was expecting ... not much. I have my old R50 Nissan Pathfinder with General Grabbers AT2 tires which just are awesome in snow but Jeep surprisingly was not much behind in terms of handling behind Pathfinder.

Quite impressed especially given crappy tires. I guess all those electronic gizmos are compensating quite nicely for the lack of proper tires.
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Re: Snow storm

Back to the wipers icing up. We had our first significant snow in SE Michign and the wipers were constantly icing up. I have been driving a long time and I have not experienced it to this degree in any of my previous vehicles. Could have been the conditions (very cold for such a heavy snow)???
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Back to the wipers icing up. We had our first significant snow in SE Michign and the wipers were constantly icing up. I have been driving a long time and I have not experienced it to this degree in any of my previous vehicles. Could have been the conditions (very cold for such a heavy snow)???
I can keep mine from icing up only by making sure that the climate controls have the front defroster on, and then turn the fan up quite high to thaw, then keep it at half speed or better.

I usually juice up commercial winter washer fluid with pure isopropyl [not rubbing] a bit when it gets near zero and below, as then a shot of washer can almost always
de-ice them. The rears aren't as bad, but the electric defrost back there shuts off
after a few minutes.

Need electric wiper blades...
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:06 PM
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Re: Snow storm

Before purchasing my used 2011 GC the dealership had installed new Hancock tires. They seem to do really well from any stop/start standpoint. However, any turning and I slide around everywhere.
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Re: Snow storm

get a heated washer fluid mod from Mopar...google it there is a oem solution. also a bug shield will also push air over the top of the rig preventing a portion of those flakes from hitting the windshield and wiper slowing the accumulation/ice.
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Re: Snow storm

There were some light snow in Iowa, we are expecting a rain/snow mix later this week.
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Nice dude i wish I could have done the same. I went from Wexford up towards Erie. Roads were crap. Glad to have others from the burg suburbs on the forum!!
Chalk me up as another north of Pittsburgh forum goer. I live in Wexford and am impressed with the Jeeps stock performance in the snow.
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I can keep mine from icing up only by making sure that the climate controls have the front defroster on, and then turn the fan up quite high to thaw, then keep it at half speed or better.

I usually juice up commercial winter washer fluid with pure isopropyl [not rubbing] a bit when it gets near zero and below, as then a shot of washer can almost always
de-ice them. The rears aren't as bad, but the electric defrost back there shuts off
after a few minutes.

Need electric wiper blades...
Jeep needs to borrow a trick from Subaru. The front wipers rest onto electrical elements that are activated with the same switch as the mirrors and the rear window. On my Legacy I have a separate button, on my newer Forester they are controlled by the same button. Between the heated elements and the HVAC system blowing to the window the wiper blades do their job well.
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Jeep needs to borrow a trick from Subaru. The front wipers rest onto electrical elements that are activated with the same switch as the mirrors and the rear window. On my Legacy I have a separate button, on my newer Forester they are controlled by the same button. Between the heated elements and the HVAC system blowing to the window the wiper blades do their job well.
They have them... on the nee cherokee. They are a fantastic idea but apparently the technology to install them wasn't develoved by jeep until the new Cherokee came out.
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Jeep needs to borrow a trick from Subaru. The front wipers rest onto electrical elements that are activated with the same switch as the mirrors and the rear window.
I've owned 3 Subarus, all had the "All Weather Pkg" with the heating elements on the lower portion of the windshield...never helped with keeping the wipers from freezing up while the car was in motion.

Those front heating elements are only for freeing up the wipers when they are frozen to the windshield.
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Re: Snow storm

Never tried them but you may want to look at wiper blades made especially for snow. Rain X makes some. Not sure who else.
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