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Questions tagged [winter]

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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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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My car has moisture on the inside of the glass but other cars do not

During winter here in Canada, my 2011 Cruze seems like it has humidity on the inside of the windshields. When I take a look at other cars besides mine, there is moisture on the exterior, not interior. ...
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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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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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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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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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Winter tires and summer tires

I bought a new car back in June this year and the car comes with summer performance tires. I live in Minnesota and now it's December, so I really want to get snow tires installed instead of driving ...
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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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Do I need any special maintenance plan for a car only driven a every couple of weeks?

I work from home, so I seldom need to use my car. It's kind of nice that it can stay cleaner in winter, too. I could probably get away with almost never driving it winter, but I haven't prepped it ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What are the pros and cons of having “summer wheels” and “winter wheels”?

I bought a lightly used VW GTI last year, and it has alloy rims I have been in SoCal, so the weather is pretty fine, but we're moving to the midwest :(. Should I plan on buying steel crappy-ugly-...
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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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Why are there no Stainless Steel wheels to prevent Corrosion in Winter?

Steel wheels are often used in Winter due to its low cost, however, it is very prone to rust. Why are Stainless Steel wheels, more specifically 316 Stainless Steel not being more popular as the ...
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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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Max temperature for studless ice/snow tires on asphalt?

I realize this is probably a loaded question with no clear-cut "line in the sand" answer, but I'd still like to see what people say. I live 3 hours from Tahoe area, so in the winter it is nice to ...
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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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Winter rims have rust patches. Should I leave them or remove rust and repaint? Any recommendations for rust remover and paint?

There are a set of winter tires on there already, but I'm not worried about getting paint or rust remover on the tires -- I've ordered some new tires already (going studded this year) and will be ...
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Best routine for making a frozen car driveable

With temperatures below zero it's always difficult to get going even if the engine itself starts without hiccups and I'd like to know what to do better so that I don't need to wait ten minutes before ...
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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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Does thick snow considerably reduce fuel economy?

Today there is a snowstorm in Finland, during which I noticed that slow speed driving might require pressing the accelerator somewhat more. This made me think whether driving on thick snow reduces ...
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Oil spray against rust

How can I prepare car for winter in terms of anti-rust protection? Someone told me that I can spray car with mix of ATF and WD-40. This way oil can creep into all the small places in car's body and ...
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What pressure should i run in my winter rally tyres?

I'm going to buy and run for the first time a winter rally spiked tyre of 145 80 r13, and I was wondering what pressures do people generally use rallying in low winter temperatures on snowy terrain? ...
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1994 Mercedes-Benz C 180 (W202) won't start

Background My 1994 Mercedes-Benz C 180 (W202) won't start. We are in a very cold winter, but even one month ago, it was not that cold. Under the rear view mirror, there are two small lights: one ...
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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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What exactly is meant by the phrase “plugging in your engine”?

I have found a relevant quote from here that might be related: Plugged-in engines are already half-warmed when started. Fuel consumption is thus reduced by an average of 15 per cent over the first ...
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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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Uneven readings for tire pressure

I'm new to this community so please instruct me if the question needs improving. On an Acura 2010 TL SH-4WD, is the following reading normal regarding the tire pressure? The tires are winter tires ...
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What is the problem if my car's engine stops running in the middle of a ride?

My car's engine frequently stops in the middle of a ride. Its an old model of Hyundai Sonata 2004. This happens especially in high gears(3,4) and faster speeds (like 60-70 mph). It has also happened ...
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Can I install a plow on my stock Silverado?

I've got a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4x4, and I'd like to install a plow. I want to avoid damaging the truck, as it's also my primary means of transportation. Do I have to do anything to stiffen ...
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Trying to start a Honda CBR250RR after winter (Also feeling a lot of friction when in neutral)

I have 1991 Honda CBR250RR that has been left sitting for the past few months. Unfortunately I didn't take the proper steps for winter storage before I stopped using it. Tried starting it up a few ...
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Grille cover for '95 civic EG without AC for cold weather protection of engine

So I have a 1995 Civic hatchback without AC. No AC installed from factory. The car has a radiator on the right half of the front of engine compartment (instead of covering the entire front of the ...
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Winter tyres - how necessary are they?

I am in the UK and we don't usually have a lot of snowfall. But sometimes the roads can be a little rough. I drive a 1.2L Mitsubishi Colt CZI and I haven't put the winter tyres yet. My concern is ...
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Changing tire sizes on my 2009 Ford Focus

I don't understand tires very well, so I'm hoping you guys can double check this. I talked to the tire shop today about getting new winter tires put on. I have a 2009 Ford Focus SES with 215/45R17 ...
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Defogger won't work in 2008 Chrysler 300

As winter is now here a functional defogger is a requirement yet this year my car won't defog no matter what I try. All vents in the car are functional and blow whatever is pumped through them (eg I ...
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How to conduct an at-home winter safety check?

I have an '09 Honda Fit. It's a manual transmission. I bought it in the summer of 2013 and there are no warranties left on it. Other than regular oil changes, tire rotations, and having the battery ...
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Old winter tires on new 2013 Toyota Highlander?

We replaced our 2011 Subaru Outback with a 2013 Toyota Highlander. I'm wondering if my old snow tires can be used on the new car. The size of the tires on the new car is: 245/55 R19 The size of ...
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Can I use a car wash to de-ice my car

Scraping my windshield every morning during winter months is a cumbersome and time-consuming task. I had the idea that I could just drive through the car wash (I have a membership) every morning to do ...
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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 replace 225/65R17 tires with 215/60R16?

I have a set of 215/65R16 winter tires on rims. A family member has a 2007 Pontiac Montana which currently has 225/60R17 tires. It seems like the 65R17 and 60R17 measurements make them close enough. ...
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Safe to store bike with no coolant?

I'm storing my track bike, a first gen SV650, over the winter. The coolant is distilled water and Water Wetter. The storage is heated, but I'd just as soon not worry about their losing power or ...
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What's happening when you give someone a boost?

While I've given and received boosts before I've always been following instructions by rote and never really understood what's happening. The procedure I've been told is: Attach red clamp to the ...
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Door lock sticks in the winter

I have a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, and in the winter it becomes very hard to turn the key in the locks in the car door. I've literally ripped the rubber off the key's grip from forcing the key to turn. ...
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Hard data on all-seasons vs winter tires [closed]

The current popular consensus seems to be that you should switch to winter tires during the winter. In its radical form, this conviction is more like "winter tires are better than all season tires in ...
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Honda XR650l first ride after winterization

Before winter I had the oil changed, filled the gas tank and added the recommended amount of Sta-bil fuel stabilizer. Then rode around for about ten minutes then switched the petcock to off and ran ...
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How to let off the carburetors of a 1993 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for winter storage?

My '93 Gixxer is in the shed for winter. I had it fully tanked, the shed is (moderately) warm, and every couple of weeks I attach a trickle charger to its battery. However, I know that there is still ...
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Tires uneven measurements

So for winter tires, I have 16 inch in the front and 15inch in the back, both are winter tires, is this deadly? I know I should change this but the car I'm driving is gonna go after this winter, I'm ...
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Handbrake during cold winter between -50 Celcius and 0 Celcius? Should it be used or not?

My friend keeps saying that you should not use handbrake during the cold weather and use the gear 1 to keep car in place: if you set the handbrake on, it may freeze and get poor. Then again the friend ...
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How to drive a car in snow [closed]

I have never driven a car in a region where it snows. I am planning on a vacation to states where it snows and would want to be prepared to drive in snow. What necessary steps/precautions can I take. ...