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PSA - Winter driving reminder

It's that time of the year again, so I'm gonna say it; if reading this helps just one person then I did my job. When parking your vehicle in the winter, and when the temp is below or anticipated to be below freezing, remember to NOT use your parking brake. If you do use it, you probably won't like the inevitable consequences, and you will absolutely remember this thread. That is all.
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ive never had trouble with my e-brake just when its cold...i have had it stick when it was wet and dropped below freezing though...i just pop my truck in 4lo and it comes unstuck lol
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I google parking brake below freezing to do some more reading... Found this thread from 2005. Look who the first responder is! Small world...
http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/43...disengage.html
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Something to do with me getting an earful every now and then from highly surprised people that their e-brake froze, they got a FWD car, and they try to drive away and they're dragging a tire, can't get it free, and need a tow to a nice warm shop. I'm just a bit surprised that people don't think about this before it happens.

*Uggg, that's a French Tickler Enthusiast thread you've quoted, lol, but I do remember talking about this in there some time ago. I stay away from the place, but in light of that website being bought by Internet Brands, and the former owner now (or at last check) getting banned, maybe it's better.
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My rear brakes have frozen before. I didn't have the E brake on though
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My truck likes to freeze to the parking lot at work, im betting that has happen to many of us.
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Also remember when warming up the truck on below freezing days do not set the temp control to high on the defrost.Hot glass inside with cold air hitting the outside = cracked windshield.
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Also remember when warming up the truck on below freezing days do not set the temp control to high on the defrost.Hot glass inside with cold air hitting the outside = cracked windshield.
Actually I've never had a problem with that and I've been doing that for 7 straight winters.

Granted Missouri doesn't get extremely cold, but even for below zero temps I've never had a problem

A friend of mine (who isn't that smart) took a pot of boiling water and poured it onto their frozen windshield and cracked it
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aaron (redakranger) washed his truck in his garage, pulled it outside, and cracked the glass.
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I friggin hate it when my side power window freezes shut and im in a rush to get a coffee at the drive thru before work and I have to open my friggin door to order and recieve lol it gets stupid cold where Im at. Im already ready set for winter, and the fitted water bladder for weight in the bed is on stand-by when she comes.
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A friend of mine (who isn't that smart) took a pot of boiling water and poured it onto their frozen windshield and cracked it
No kidding.
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Also remember when warming up the truck on below freezing days do not set the temp control to high on the defrost.Hot glass inside with cold air hitting the outside = cracked windshield.
unless your truck spits out hot air instantly you will never have a problem with that.
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What e-brake? I don't even know what that is, lol. (<-sarcasm)
Another pre-winter driving thing: Check you 4x4 constantly during winter. About once every week is a good idea, Never know when your going to need it and its nice to have it.
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I use my e-brake all the time and have never really had a problem with it.
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unless your truck spits out hot air instantly you will never have a problem with that.
It's not the hot air hitting instantly. It's the glass getting very warm inside and then the blast of cold air as you start driving down the road.
Windshield glass is made like a sandwich. An outside layer of glass, a polymer film in the center, and an inside layer of glass.
Cold air blasting against the outside causes that layer to shrink faster than the inside. The glass tries to "bend" so to speak and the uneven tension makes it crack.
If you look very closely at a cracked windshield you'll see the crack only goes half way through.
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I cracked mine in the summer opposite conditions. Hot garage cold windshield.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/exterior-semi-tech-39/windsheild-cracked-overnight-garage-109203/
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What e-brake? I don't even know what that is, lol. (<-sarcasm)
Another pre-winter driving thing: Check you 4x4 constantly during winter. About once every week is a good idea, Never know when your going to need it and its nice to have it.
this^...i check mine on a regular basis during the summer too
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It's not the hot air hitting instantly. It's the glass getting very warm inside and then the blast of cold air as you start driving down the road.
Windshield glass is made like a sandwich. An outside layer of glass, a polymer film in the center, and an inside layer of glass.
Cold air blasting against the outside causes that layer to shrink faster than the inside. The glass tries to "bend" so to speak and the uneven tension makes it crack.
If you look very closely at a cracked windshield you'll see the crack only goes half way through.
i still think with the time it takes to heat up, it will be fine. if it heats up before you start driving, well, there still isnt that much difference between cold winter air and cold winter air at 60 mph.
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I parked on a hill last winter 2*F out. Parking brake released at the pedal but the truck was held in place still. I put it on 4wd the friggen drums grenaded. So I never use the parking brake
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