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If while trying to start the engine without pressing the brake, the engine turns over but does not start, then I would suspect a fault in the brake booster that is letting unmetered air into the vacuum circuit. This would cause a very weak mixture while the throttle is closed during starting, which would cause the problem you are having. When you press the ...


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In very cold climates there are electric heaters that replace the dip stick. They are plugged into an AC outlet and because they reach the oil pan they can apply heat directly to the oil. That way the oil doesn't get cold to the point where it totally looses it's ability to keep your engine protected at start up. It's plugging in that electric heater that ...


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I can see a few reasons to do this: The weather in some places will be so cold that even with the thermostat fully closed the cooling system isn't able to warm the engine up to operating temperatures. Inhibiting air flow through the radiator will reduce the amount of heat rejected to the surroundings, allowing the engine to get up to temperature. The cold ...


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Lower "cold side" of the Carnot cycle leads to better theoretical efficiency, sure, but have you calculated how much? 10-20 K colder intake with the same 1000 K combustion temperature affect final efficiency by 1%. And that efficiency is 70% in any case, so you can guess that there are so many more parameters lowering the final efficiency to 25%, that the ...


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Yes. You should allow your engine to warm up a bit. If the temperature is exceedingly cold, say -10c, you would want to allow an extra minute or two to heat up and even out the temperature between components a bit. If you were to start you car in extremely inclement conditions and raced it full throttle up a hill with high load there would be a ...


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According to TireRack.com, your standard tire size is 195/65/15. This tire has a rotation per mile (RPM) of 832. The Michelin tire has an RPM of 836. This is only a difference of ~.5%, which is not a big deal. Using the two different tire sizes shouldn't cause you any issues. The major concerns here is to keep the same size tires on the same axle (front or ...


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I did as per duckboy answer, I took out the windshield washer tank of the car and took it inside to let it unfreeze. This was a really easy job (look for your own car how to do it) but in my case (a vw jetta city 2009) it was 2x 10mm bolt, an electric connector to the pump and the windshield washer hose comming out of the pump. It took me about 5min to have ...


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LOL - I literally just dealt with exactly the same problem too. What I did is stick a roof heating wire inside the tank and plug it into a wall outlet for 12 hours. Another solution from a friend was to boil water and continuously pour it in the tank until the ice is melted, then normally drain all the water using the pump to spray it all out and then fill ...


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If you are at least slightly handy with tools (or have a nice friend who is) then it probably wouldn't be too hard to remove the tank c/w pump from the car and take it inside to the warmth and let it defrost in the bath tub and maybe even run some warm water over it. This may fix the tank and pump, but line is harder. Possibly fill tank with winter fluid ...



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