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Questions and discussions about preparing a vehicle for winter, either stored or in use. Appropriate tags should be used with this according to the part being discussed (e.g. tyres)

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Winter Tires - 2017 Audi A3

I have a 2017 Audi A3 Sedan. The all-seasons on my car are 225/40R18. I’m looking at 16” inch tires and wheels due to huge cost difference. Can I get a set of 205/55R16 tires and wheels package? Will ...
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How to spray underbody in winter?

I see a lot of advice online recommending that drivers living in cold climates spray their vehicles' underbodies during the winter to reduce salt buildup and the rust it engenders, but I haven't been ...
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what size tire is compatible with 225 45 17?

Looking for winter tires and rims. But can't find much for the 225 45 17 in a 5 x 100 bolt pattern size. What are some optional other sizes I could put on my 2004 VW Jetta 1.8T?
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Should I rebalance winter tires after several years in storage?

Winter wheels/tires spent 8 years in storage due to... lack of snow. They were balanced when originally purchased, and have maybe 15K miles on them after two seasons. I'm planning to use them this ...
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Sizing down winter tires from old car?

have tires from our previous car and not sure if they are trasnferable to the new car. I get the speed difference, is there any other issue apart from that or is this ok? Its size down winter tire. If ...
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The purpose of covering the grill during cold weather

In some countries it is quite popular to cover up the front grill in winter (especially on diesel engined cars). As I understand the intention is to inhibit airflow to the radiator, but why would you ...
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Hearing noises when braking until the brakes "heat-up" during winter time

My Renault Megane III Grandtour 1.5dCi 2010 has been annoying me for the past two winters. If left in cold weather overnight (which is almost always the case), I can hear a noise from the rear end ...
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is it safe to put 175/65r15 winter tires on my 2002 Toyota Echo?

I want to put winter tires on my Echo. Some are available from a Hyundai but they have a different diameter. Will it be safe to use them?
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Block Heater Plug Location 2007 Ford Focus

I am unable to locate the cord to plug in the block heater on my 2007 Ford Focus SES. I have not had trouble finding it on other vehicles in the past, but I have searched all over under the hood and ...
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"Slow" start diesel

Starting at low temperatures and sitting all night outside at below 5°C my car starts "slow". Like you can see in the video below, it will start with no problem but the engine hangs at ...
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How does ambient temperature affect engine efficiency and fuel consumption?

I remember from my physics class that the ideal-gas Carnot engine is more efficient if the temperature difference between the heat source and the thermostat ("heat recipient") is larger (http://...
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Barely Used Car in Summer with Winter Tyres

Is it OK to leave winter tires on in 20 C temperature, for 2 months, assuming the car will be making 50 km per week only? There are lots of sources explaining you should not drive in hot weather but ...
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Are there any hazards spraying de-Icing fluid on the windscreen?

I have recently moved to a colder part of the country where temperatures below -10°C are quite normal. So far I have observed that people only use ice scrapers. Though I spray de-icing fluid on my ...
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Lithium vs lead-acid motorcycle batteries: which lasts longer in the winter? Lower capacity vs lower discharge rate?

My question I would like to understand a bit better the pros and cons of lithium vs lead-acid 12v batteries for a motorcycle, especially during the winter. Yes, I know, google is your friend, and I ...
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Keep control cables from freezing on snowblower

Context: I have a Husqvarna 1830HV snowblower. The chute is controlled by steel cables a lot like bike brake cables. They work almost exactly like bike brake cables, in fact, except for the fact ...
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Turn Off TPMS Warning - Nissan Pathfinder'19

I've just changed to winter tires on our '19 Pathfinder. In previous years I've just had the tires switched onto rims but this year I've used an older set of rims. Unfortunately, I was busy when my ...
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Will 2008 Chevy HHR Winter Rims fit a 2017 Chevy Cruze?

I'm sure these measurements are obvious, but I don't know what they mean: HHR: – Center Bore: 65.1 mm – PCD: 5x110 Cruze: – Center Bore: 56.6 mm – PCD: 5x105
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Differences and Recommendation between Steel and Alloy Wheels for Winter?

There are many discussions regarding steel vs. alloy wheels in Winter on multiple forums. It would be good if someone could lay out full facts and help scale these differences (questions below). For ...
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Are 10-year-old winter tires OK for summer use?

I have winter tires that are very little used (perhaps 5k to 10k kilometres, or equivalently roughly 3k to 6k miles) but almost 10 years old (produced in 2008 week 21). I cannot use them in winter any ...
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Car not starting after week of sitting in cold temperatures

Three weeks ago I bought an '03 Honda Civic. It's been running well so far, but I let it sit outside without using it for a week and a half in 10 to -10 F temperatures. After this, the car wouldn't ...
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Winter Driving in Minnesota: Can lowering a car improve how it handles in on icy / snowy / slippery roads?

I own two cars that handle very differently. When driving my 2001 Jetta, I can take sharp turns and not feel as much of the force, for example. However, my 2000 Hyundai accent feels higher and I feel ...
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Does a block heater make sense for a gasoline-powered vehicle?

As I currently reside in an area which experiences cold* winters, and do not have access to a garage, I started considering getting an electric block heater. The design I have in mind is installed in ...
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Changing to winter rim/tires

I have a 2018 Jetta SE with 205/55/HR16 tires. Can I change winter/tire combo sized 215/55/r16?
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Should I use the heater while warming up my car?

I know that you should drive off immediately to warm up your car as your entire car will warm up faster this way. However, the common practice to defrost the inside of your windshield is to blast the ...
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Why does the car heating system won't start for the first 15-20 minutes of driving in the winter?

My car heating system does not start for the first 15-20 minutes of driving in the winter. It happens all the time, no exception. The colder outside the longer it takes to start working. After 15-20 ...
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Summer windshield washer in winter

I made a stupid mistake this week, I put some summer windshield washer (Temperature > 0°C) in the my car. It's currently -14°C outside so you can guess the fluid is completely frozen. I don't have ...
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What precautions should I take when using snow chains?

I have purchased some snow chains, but the manual provides fitting instructions, and it only says to remove them when the road is completely clear of snow, and never drive faster than 40mph (about ...
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What constitutes gentle RPMs in the winter?

I drive a 2013 Fit, manual transmission. I shift by sound. When accelerating, I shift up when RPMs reach 3000. When decelerating, I have developed the habit of blipping the accelerator pedal to get ...
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Is there any reason to pair winter tires with all-season tires?

I thought I was getting by just fine with all-season tires year-round, but a recent incident made me realize the merit of bothering with winter tires, their replacement, and their storage (or else ...
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Car Wash in Winter - Good Idea? / Bad Idea?

I live in an area that gets a fair amount of snow and ice, and so the winter months usually have salt on the roads. Presumably, that salt stays around as a dry crust or in puddles until the next ...
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Honda Oil Pan in winter cold

Does anyone know if Hondabond gasket sealant can be applied in low temperatures? I have to replace my Honda 3.5l oil pan due to cracking and cannot wait until temps moderate.
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What is the best way to prevent my doors from freezing shut in the winter?

What is the best way to treat door seals to prevent the doors from freezing in winter? I noticed that the doors on both of my vehicles are a bit "sticky" this time of year, where the temperature is ...
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Is the minimum advisable tread depth for winter tires different than for all season tires?

It seems that a consensus on tire wear is that tires should be replaced if you'll be driving on icy roads with less than 6/32" of tread, but are safe on other roads up to 4/32" (source). I'm ...
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How long studded tires last?

I know that they say that it's recommendable to change summer or regular tires every 4 years because the rubber hardens. Even if they are fine related to the depth of the tread. However, how long ...
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Car Battery Loses Connection During Cold Weather

Background: I've been having an issue with my car recently where the battery will "die" when I attempt to start my car the morning after an extremely cold night (<32 F). I drive a 2013 Hyundai ...
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Will my car be affected by the cold winter temperature? [closed]

As winter comes the temperature will get colder and colder. Will this affect my car? I want to be prepared for any problems that will cause any start up problems or driving problems. Thank you.
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How long should I let my car warm up in the winter?

I have been reading mixed reviews about how long to let your car warm up before driving in the winter months. Most of the articles say that the best way to warm it up is to let it idle for 1-2 minutes,...
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Leaving car in Lubbock, Texas for 1 month

I am leaving my car (2016 Toyota Rav 4 XLE) to go on vacation. This will be during the winter so December to January. It will be under covered parking, but I am worried about what the cold will do to ...
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What parameters/parts make a car work well on inclines with snow?

On my way home I drive about 1km on a street with an incline. For about 1-4 weeks per year nearly all cars have to drive a longer route and even this route often gives them problems. The reason is ...
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Is it bad to change wheels/rims often (10-20 times a year)?

For reasons described below, I'm considering getting two sets of wheels (tires+rims) and swapping them back and forth pretty often (every few weeks, up to 10-20 times a year). I'm wondering whether ...
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Is it safe to downsize from 205/55r16 to 195/65r15 for winter tires?

I own a Hyundai Elantra GT SEL 2014 which is currently equipped with stock Hankooks 205/55r16. I am looking to buy a set of winter tires and I was originally looking at 16" tires but a friend ...
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How are winter tyres different from normal tyres?

Using them all year round, is there a downside to them? Or is it just a matter of costs. I will refrain from further widening the questions scope.
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How does cold, dry weather affect horsepower?

It's now properly winter over here in Australia, and the butt dyno is very favourable of the cold, dry air. It's like a free cold air intake for everyone, right?? I can think of two scientific ...
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How to find a part lost in the snow

How can one go about finding a very small part lost in the snow? — while working on my motorbike, one of the battery leads fell out and I can't find it. Buying a metal detector for the sake of ...
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Protecting the paint using a carport for winter storage

I'm considering buying a summer vehicle that I would like to store for winter, but I don't have an optimal storage solution. There's no climate-controlled storage facility nearby. What I do have is ...
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How to prevent body damage and rust from salted roadways?

I bought a used 2001 Toyota Camry this past summer. Overall it's in great shape, and I presently see no rust. Living in Wisconsin, we use salt pretty liberally to deal with snowy and icy roadways. ...
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How do I know if my car battery needs replaced or just fully charged?

I've had my Mazda 3 2013 since 2016. This winter in Massachusetts it's died on an almost daily basis in the morning, and sometimes at night if it's particularly cold out. I mostly drive to school, ...
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Why use snow tires on all 4 wheels on 2-wheel-drive cars?

In a car without four-wheel drive—if the car provides drive power on only two wheels—why put snow tires on all four wheels when the freeze sets in? Would it not be sufficient to change just the drive ...
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Is starting idle RPM always lower in colder temperatures?

I've noticed that my 2008 Jetta 2.5L 5W40 generally starts up with an idle RPM of at most 1.2K RPM around the freezing temperature (say when the temp sensor reads 33°F), or even at just about 1K ...
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Are bad winter tires still better than summer tires in winter?

We bought a car recently which has very bad winter tires on. We didn’t realise how bad they are until it snowed last week. They lost all grip, the car barely stopped while braking or even go in the ...