Niagara Gazette — Frozen door frames — Ever go to open the car door and the latch works, but you just can’t get the door open? Chances are the doorframe gasket is frozen to the body. This gasket is designed to keep water from coming into the car. When it’s not sealed, water enters forming ice between the door gasket and the door opening. If the gasket is not torn, go to a shop and have the door striker adjusted to pull the door more tightly into the doorframe, thus sealing out water. Once this is done, lubricate the gasket with silicone lubricant. This will keep the gasket soft and pliable and, most importantly form a moisture barrier inhibiting ice buildup.
Frozen windshield wipers — Snow and ice settle at the base of the windshield, binding the wipers. Some people think they can clear the windshield of snow and ice by turning on the wipers. Not true. The wiper system is designed to clear the weather elements from your windshield as you are driving, not the glacier binding the wipers. Here are some consequences of overtaxing the wiper system:
• Burnt up wiper motor
• Stripping wiper arms
• Damaging wiper linkage
• Overheating the wiring harness causing an electrical short or fire
Clear the wipers of all ice and snow before activating the system. Remember, they are called windshield wipers not windshield plows!
‘Til next time ... Keep Rollin’
“America’s Car Show” with Tom Torbjornsen airs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Saturday on WBBZ-TV."America's Car Show" with Tom Torbjornsen airs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Saturday on WBBZ-TV.