Winter in Vladivostok, Russia.

  1. In Alaska we sometimes use a salamander (big tube with a fan and propane flames) to heat really frozen cars. It can harm plastic bumpers if you're not careful though. Once you get access to the hood: drain the oil, pull the battery, and take them both inside to warm up. While you wait, position the salamander so that it's blowing hot air under the engine block (this is the real bumper-damaging part) to heat it up enough for the remaining oil to drop down into the pan. After a while, pour the oil back in and install the battery. It's gotten me out of some real bad spots...but nothing's as good as getting battery, oil pan, and engine heaters installed that run to an extension cord plug that comes out the front grill. Most parking lots in the Arctic have outlets at the front of each parking space that get turned on for the winter. If you don't have any of that, the last resort is going out and starting the car for 15 minutes every few hours.

  2. If it was me? I'd use a block heater if it had one then try to remote start it. My 2nd step regardless of if it had a remote start would be to try and build a little fire a few feet from the driver's side and throw a heating blanket on the Windshield or top of the door. Gotta thaw it one way or another. Could maybe get some methanol (winter washer fluid concentrate) and try dumping that on it. Obviously don't do that if you're going to do the fire. Methanol fires are near invisible.

  3. I was born in Olga Primorsky Krai near Vladivostok and all winter basically you have to keep the car going other wise the engine freezes over and you can’t drive anywhere all winter

  4. I live along Lake Erie and a few Winters ago an apartment complex on the lake had their cover blow off their pool and it ended up getting the water from strong winds all over people's cars and totally frozen like this. Needless to say people were not happy at all as the apartment complex didn't know what to do to get the cars out.

  5. For real?! That is an unreal amount of ice. Part of New York is currently under almost 8’ of snow (2 meters). I don’t know what’s worse, the ice or the snow lol

  6. I have a hazy memory of getting shit faced and telling a room full of russians that the name “vladivostok” sounded really cool and was fun to say

  7. Ice storms can be so beautiful! After the sun comes out everything shines like diamonds. I had to drive a uhaul through one and once we drove further north it was absolutely stunning, but scary af in regards to the driving part.

  8. So, the Russian people cocoon their cars in ice during the winter so that in the spring the cars emerge more powerful than ever... Interesting

  9. Why tf do people live there? This is ridiculous. If I was a caveman and I found a place that froze solid every winter I would simply not life there.

  10. Life becomes difficult in colder climes without fossil fuels. Here in Canada without gas, for heat, life would be unsustainable.

  11. Your reminder that over 140 million people live in Russia and they are as much a victim of their dictator as the rest of the world and when their government falls they will need all the help they can get.

  12. Winter looms large as Russian economy collapses,supply chains fall apart,and the disastrous blunder of attacking Ukraine plunges whoever is left into the “good old days “.

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