Extreme Cold Causes Explosions In Cars

By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email
By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email

Thursday was a busy day at car washes with thousands of drivers trying to rid their vehicles of road salt.

Eugene Rowe, Manager at Jeff's Car Wash, says, "We're expected 800 or 1000 or maybe more today. A lot of it has to do with the salt on the vehicles, If you don't clean it off your car."

Rock salt from roads during the winter can rust or even wear away at the paint if neglected on vehicles and not properly washed off.

Employees at several car washes across Lexington have also had customers that needed the interior of their vehicle cleaned due to coke cans bursting inside.

Gene Moberly, Lexington resident, says, "I believe it! I've left stuff in my freezer before and it blows the top off!"

Sub-freezing temperatures can cause unopened cans to expand and explode.

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  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 23, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    Garlene, if I mention your name can I get a discount on my carwash?
  • by Ed Location: Lex on Jan 23, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    I wonder if Garlene's last name is Rowe...LOL! Are you his Mom or wife? Nice advertisement lady...LOL!
  • by Garlene Location: Kentucky on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    Jeff's Carwash is a great place to have your automobile cleaned! Lots of wokers to keep the vehicles moving. Never a long wait. Eugene Rowe is very personable and very adept at the role of manager. Jeff is lucky to have a such a fine young man working for him and looking out for the assurance of the customer. Eugene makes sure that they will be completely satisfied with the services that the Carwash has to offer. I have great praise for Eugene and for the empoloyees of Jeff's Carwash!
  • by A Location: L on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    Never seen a soda explode less it was shot or thrown. But I have seen the pressure of freezing make a pin hole in the can and spray all over the freezer before completley freezing. After all if the can had enough pressure to "explode" wouldnt the can have potential energy to cause damage or harm? But I guess "extreme cold causes pop cans to burst" wouldnt have got as many readers?


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