The simple answer is to just not drive for the next few days until it gets above freezing again. But I want to see Manikarnika tonight, so that’s not a good plan. Any other ideas?
I haven’t driven my car for the past three days, because it has been so snowy I didn’t want to drive and would rather take the bus. But today I had to see Manikarnika, so I figured I might as well chip the car out in the morning and then I would be all ready to drive over after work. I knew it would be about ten minutes of whacking away at the windshield, but I figured I could handle that.
Windshield clean-ish, I got in the car and turned on the defrost and then tried to drive forward out of the space. Spin spin spin, warning lights on the dash, lots of excitement. Okay, fine, I will back-up instead. Spin spin spin, warning lights on the dash, lots of excitement.
Get out of the car, look at the wheels. There is no snow around them, but they are both sitting on and encased in ice. Just very delicately around the bottom two inches. The car appears to be fine and free of everything when you look at it from a distance, but in fact is sitting on top of glass smooth ice, which creeps up to also block the wheels from rolling forward. I chipped away at it with my shoes, a snow shovel, and a scrapper for about 30 minutes, and then gave up and took the bus to work.
If you can’t picture this, imagine a toy car. Then, imagine a glass saucer. Fill the saucer with water, and set the car in it. This was my car when I parked 3 days ago during the last day above freezing when all the snow had turned to water and slush. Now, put the saucer and toy car in the freezer for 4 days. Take it out, and you will discover your toy car is locked onto the saucer.
If I had a toy car, I could just lift it straight up and free it. But since (tragically), I have a real car that weighs a lot, that is not an option.
Current ideas that have been floated:
- Pour boiling water around the wheels
- Plug my space heater into the car and let it run by each wheel in turn
- Hair dryer
- Blow torch
My readers from temperate climates, do you have any advice or experience to offer? Is there some hidden flaw I am not seeing in the boiling water system? Some advantage to the hair dryer? I don’t own one, so I would have to buy it just for car purposes, which seems silly unless it really is the magic bullet.