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Old 11-22-2013, 08:00 AM   #29
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Thx for all the responses!!!! They're very helpful
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I'd have no problem driving there, less than 10min away. Maybe even faster if I go I696. What is touchless exactly? Seems to be what everyone recommends if I can't do it myself. I'm assuming it doesn't have a track for the tires.
The one on Dequindre works better than most I have used and at the end when you drive out it uses blowers to dry the car off, just go really slow, it gives you 1 minute to drive thruogh the air, so take your time.

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Touch less = exactly how it sounds! nothing touches your car! no tracks no brushes. It's just high pressure water. They aren't the best but it will get you to the point where you can finish it in your garage.
Exactly as stated above but as I said, this one works better than most.
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:05 AM   #30
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Don't ever do that. Run it through a Touch less wash system. You won't be sorry
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:18 AM   #31
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I've built and designed hundreds of car washes through the years. I'm still in the business. If you "love" your car do it by hand. "Touch-Free" washes use very harsh chemicals to clean since they don't touch the car. They also use reclaimed water to save on water bills. Reclaimed water can be very nasty.
I would rather use reclaimed water than pour freezing water on a freezing car in the freezing cold.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:22 AM   #32
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the hood decal will be scratched more than likely, never run through any car wash that you do not know the effects of the chemicals on the paint and wheels.... hand wash only, get the heavy stuff off, then quick detailer
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:03 PM   #33
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What about changing oils?
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I'm a few 100 over the 1500mile break in period
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Should I use my one-time free engine oil change now? Or wait till after storage? Or do both and change it now and immediately after storage?
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:06 PM   #34
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Also live in the DTW area. My daily driver see's tracked car washes often. My 1982 Z28 has NEVER seen one and won't. When I get my 1LE in April, it will never see one either. Take it to a manual spray wash. Do NOT use the manual spray brush though, they see some nasty stuff! Use wash mit and bucket with good soap. Sequence is: Pre-soak, soap, rinse, wax spray, spot free. Dry good and put in storage. Have done this with my 1982 several times.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:50 PM   #35
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I would rather use reclaimed water than pour freezing water on a freezing car in the freezing cold.
Think about this; reclaim water not filtered well with too large a micron particle in it sanding your paint with high pressure water. No you won't notice it at first...
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:23 AM   #36
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Store it dirty if it can't be cleaned properly... the car will be better off.
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:01 PM   #37
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Store dirty? Maybe down south, but not here in Michigan! Always residual salts in the road grime. Would never let that sit on my car for very long.
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:55 PM   #38
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:15 PM   #39
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I'm pushing my time constraints on storing my 1LE. I need to have it cleaned before storing and it's wayyyyyy too cold to wash it in the driveway. Too cold as in my outside water faucet has icicles on it. So I stop by "Mr. C's Car Wash" (a well know car wash in my area, not sure if local or nationwide) to see how wide the tire guides are. A worker wraps the 'wheel guide' around the width of my tire and there was at least an extra 3-4inches of clearance.
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Should I go thru this car wash for this one time? Or am I still risking scratching the wheels and/or tires? Do I have to worry about anything else like ruining brand new car paint or splitter clearance?
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Thx in advance, times running out in this crazy Michigan weather
As others have said....guided "rail" car washes likely will not allow enough clearance for the underside of the front fascia on the 1LE. My local car wash did not.....

But they offered a more expensive hand-wash service that might have worked.

Fortunately, I found a self-wash, instead.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:55 PM   #40
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Store dirty? Maybe down south, but not here in Michigan! Always residual salts in the road grime. Would never let that sit on my car for very long.
Good point...I got the impression from the OP that he had not driven on the snow roads... and was just wanting to store a clean car.
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