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Wrench45840

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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2012 10:08:25 PM

I noticed in years past that people do not ready there vehicles for winter. I think an ideal winterization should include thermostat replacement, spark plugs and ignition wires if its been over 50K since done, wiper blades, oil change, Automatic transmission service, Cooling system service ,Air & Fuel filter (if serviceable).
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 1:38:27 AM

not yet but going to have it checked out Monday 3rd!
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Bus936
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 12:15:58 AM

My car stays serviced at all times.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 10:15:20 PM

I put a snow brush in the back seat. I stick a can of spray windshield deicer under the seat. I put a bag of emergency clothes in the trunk. (gloves, hat, neck gaiter, extra coat) Toss a roll of paper towels in there too.

As far as the vehicle, there is nothing to winterize.
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TriniB
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 2:17:04 PM

yes
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jl1rp
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 12:39:13 AM

just tires and wapers
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2014 10:27:01 AM

My daily driver is going on to be 13 years old, same thermostat/coolant, only added a antifreeze boost of added lube for the coolant pump and other additives for maintaining the system.

My original OEM thermostat has never experienced any overheats, also on an older V/8 mid "80's" vehicle the same is true. Anything can cause overheats at any given time during any season. My most recent check during the recent frigid cold spell showed that my auto thermostats were still bring their engine temps to normal.

The cabin heater blower speed did slow warm-up on severe -zero degree days while idling if the blower speed was selected to high during warm-up. Reason being the heater core itself was working as a mini radiator to cool the engine all by itself during warm-up.

At those extreme ambient temps the engine wasn't using enough fuel energy to heat-wise balance the cooling effect of the heater BTU's draw-down(blower on high)consumption. Simply the cold weather was sucking away more fuel energy cabin heat more than the engine could develop at idle.

No problems at all with the system but on working those same engines on a higher RPM drive-away or by lowering the H..blower speed selected helped for a catch-up, internal circulation mode helped also. BRrrrrrr.......

The main thing is if you have an over heat problem, often the thermostat can take a hard hit on it's proper function abilities and later can total/ partial loose it's quality performance Summer/Winter/anytime like alternator bearings...
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 8:22:26 PM

On Jan 15, 2014 9:29:41 AM, forresj wrote:

>A waste of money. The only thing worth changing is coolant on a yearly basis.

>I'm not interested in giving my money away.

If you're replacing your coolant on a yearly basis, you're giving your money away.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 8:19:04 PM

In Houston, what you need to ready your vehicle for is summer! Any given day of the year, you may need to use your air conditioning!
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 8:16:39 PM

A laundry list of things to change out provided by somebody (IMHO) appropriately named "Wrench." Haven't needed a thermostat replacement on any of my vehicles for decades. Spark plugs and ignition wires are nowadays changed out based on months or mileage, not change of the season. Wiper blades to me seem to get used about equally every month of the year. Oil changes should be done year-round, modern vehicles don't require different oils for different seasons. Everything else (automatic transmission service, cooling system service, air filter, fuel filter) is done on a miles or months basis nowadays.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 11:37:36 AM

One of the main things I check often is battery cables and their connections along with the posts terminals. Side mount types can hide poor connections do to weathering by the common elements present under-hood.

I see motorists during very hard rain downpours driving through standing water, all age vehicles being somewhat invincible to water like making wave-runners out of their vehicles(spraying large amounts) of standing contaminated water every direction.

When under-hood components get doused many times during warm weather with that mess, often three mo. or sooner after that on comes their CEL. The corrosive action takes a little while to do it's damage where ever it can seep in. Mainly the electrical system somewhere do to aging, the older the more areas get affected.

A good fresh battery is great, one must check on the quality of the cables/connections all the way to the starter. Very cold weather needs healthy amps to crank over cold engines when battery capacity is fallen off do to extreme low temps, hence battery warmers sometimes are necessary.

Good checks on antifreeze and battery quality can save many headaches later. Try not to make a wave-runner out of your wheeled vehicle, during any season and then EMG./park brake cables function and last longer also.
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eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 7:47:48 AM

Just normal servicing but I did install winter tires for the first time.
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thirstyV8suv
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2014 6:59:39 PM

yes, new wipers and proper tire inflation and always have an extra bottle of windshield washer solvent if that's what you mean
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cv
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 7:19:14 AM

Yes, I did that in September.
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mnrick041
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2014 5:47:46 AM

No, and I live in Minnesota. The most important thing is having a good battery. As long as your battery is good the car should start every time. Mine does and I park outside. It never breaks down either.
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 5:16:20 PM

Yes, its better than having it brake down in the middle of winter.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 3:46:23 PM

Yes
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ScottAdams5
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2014 5:19:36 AM

Yes.
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twt
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2014 4:31:32 AM

Not necessary, here.
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RS101
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2014 7:30:41 PM

yes
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2014 10:36:09 AM

No need here. Weather not severe enough.
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forresj
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2014 10:29:41 AM

Not necessary. A waste of money. The only thing worth changing is coolant on a yearly basis.

I'm not interested in giving my money away.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2014 6:35:50 AM

Not really, other than normal oil changes.
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Fredelin
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2014 9:42:31 AM

I Check the liquids and appropriate oil grade. And put the winter TIRES on!!!
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2014 12:55:22 AM

no
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2014 10:49:03 PM

None of the items the OP mentioned have anything to do with winter. The servicing of items mentioned are determined by mileage not season.

The one item most likely to cause winter problems was ignored by the oP, that is the battery. An older battery which works fine in summer may strand you at 15 F below. If its 3? 4? 5? years old, you might like to get a fresh one now rather than on February 15th in the middle of New Hampshire.

If you want to prepare for winter. Put the snowbrush and or ice scraper on the floor in the back seat. Maybe get a can of spray deicer. I like to carry extra winter clothes like another jacket, gloves, hat and vest in a bag in the trunk, just in case.

If you have boy-scout instincts, stash a $5 set of jumper cables in the trunk, some work gloves, and for the truly compulsive, one of those white, T-val jump suits. (keeps you from getting dirty).
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nourdives
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2014 10:10:06 PM

no
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 7:53:21 PM

Had every thing checked out before winter. Glad I did so.
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BobP1950
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 10:11:37 AM

not really, other than normal oil changes
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 10:02:04 AM

No need if you keep it maintained all year.
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 9:49:36 AM

not as much as I should have.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 9:44:14 AM

My car and truck stay serviced and almost full of gas at all times, plus they are parked in my garage.
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lyanMI
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 9:22:27 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 12:42:53 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 4:18:39 AM

No
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 9:53:48 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:38:06 PM

Yes
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:17:24 PM

Yup, my ski rack was a little rusty so I primed and painted it for the winter.
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Z12
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 3:46:01 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 11:56:03 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:35:58 AM

Yes
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Yes
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IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:35:41 AM

Yes
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djp071158
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:57:12 AM

new wipers. keep the wiper fluid filled. Keep the tires inflated.
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QueenMother
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:52:46 AM

Of course.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 3:03:25 AM

yes
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beachd8
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 11:38:54 PM

I recently drove into a wintery place. Because windshield washer fluid with antifreeze is not available in OC (it's illegal), I made eight stops on my trip out of town looking for it. Finally found it in St George, UT. A few miles later, the snow began to fall. Got it just in time. Had chains in my car. That's it. I haven't driven in real winter in over a decade, so I don't need to do anything to winterize my car . . . other than sometimes turn on the heater and/or defrost. :)
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:01:49 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:40:10 AM

Yes
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DanFMA
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 9:13:36 AM

Service every 3000 miles, summer & winter
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