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    Extreme Cold vs Car Stock

    Can a few days of extreme cold (-10 to -30) cause irrevocable damage to car stock? I've brought my developer inside but wondering about fusers, drums?
    Any "Up North" techs please give me some input. I am no stranger to winters, snow and cold but the Midwest is getting crushed this week.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Extreme Cold vs Car Stock

    Don't think a few days would hurt anything.

    The developer would be the last thing I would worry about in "cold" weather. Of course I don't leave dev or toner in car during summer months for obvious reasons.

    Plenty of times I've loaded up the van night before and just make sure everything is room temp before installing into a machine. Can you imagine a fuser turning on after being in -10 degrees car. I would think the fuser lamps would crack!

    I have turned on machines in my shop where the temp was prob 40 degrees with no issues.
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    Re: Extreme Cold vs Car Stock

    We are in Michigan. Have never taken car stock out of van because of the cold. Not even for polar vortexes! LOL

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    Re: Extreme Cold vs Car Stock

    Thanks. I'm probably overeacting. Although it's hard to imagine putting a $700 fuser in a freezer chest for 24hrs then expect it thaw out and work the next day.

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    Re: Extreme Cold vs Car Stock

    If I freeze a drum, do you say it will last longer?

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    Re: Extreme Cold vs Car Stock

    The only thing that I noticed is the neoprene feed rollers tend to fall off their hubs in temperatures like this. And my ZEP fast505 freezes solid. Everything else is mostly unaffected by low temperatures. =^..^=
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    Re: Extreme Cold vs Car Stock

    I usually just open up the boxes as soon as I get to customer site. sit near a heater to start warming. I have had feed rollers loosen from their hub before. Sales guy left a machine in
    box truck outside 1 night. Under glass frosted! Last time he made that mistake!

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    Re: Extreme Cold vs Car Stock

    I never had an issue with car stock in cold weather, but cleaning and lubrication materials (Windex, Formula 409, etc...) would freeze solid.

    After a few times, I finally started at least taking my tools inside overnight, as well as my refill stock.

    Also, it's just common sense to not expose expensive circuit boards costing mucho $$$. I normally brought those in the house, too, although I never carried them around unless I knew or at least thought I would need them the next day.
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    Re: Extreme Cold vs Car Stock

    Its interesting reading all the below threads about cold weather effects to consumables.

    Here in my area of OZ we live in the warmer sunshine tropics so we don't experience extreme cold weather, though we can get a sudden cold snap during the winter months, around 3-4 weeks. We mostly experience the opposite effect from hot weather during the summer months.

    We generally keep watch of parts and consumable left in a hot service vehicle.
    The idea is to find a shady or undercover park if leaving the vehicle during the hot summer weather.

    Most consumables can tolerate some moderate over temperature extremes if left in a hot vehicle.
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    Re: Extreme Cold vs Car Stock

    I agree with the other poster. I haven't left my tool bag in car for 20+ yrs since all the liquids froze and I had wait at first call for an hour to defrost.

    I know a tech that left a can of compressed air on front seat of his car in 100 degree heat. Exploded and blew the windshield right out of company car.

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