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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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. ...
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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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How to best deal with ice buildup on inside front window of car?

No I am not trolling. Unfortunately I don't have a garage or underground parking and as such the car is exposed to the elements in winter. Recently to my bafflement I have had ice buildup all over the ...
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Is it okay to leave a car outside in the winter without driving it for 1 month?

I'm working in Grinnell Iowa for a year. I plan on traveling to the east coast for a few weeks in December- 1 month at most. The town is really tiny so there's practically no options for covered ...
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FWD vs RWD winter time [closed]

Background: All my life I drove FWD (Front Wheel Drive) cars. I drove FWD in different conditions with all-season tires and always got good and even predictable handling during winter periods. In ...
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Are bigger tires better in snow?

I have switched from a compact car to a SUV that has about 16% bigger diameter for the tires. The tires are wider, too. So far, there has not been so much snow that I could make a final judgement of ...
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Usability of Unused Winter Tires

I have not used my winter tires for ten years. They were used only for one winter. Are they still good? Tread is good but has the rubber been affected by long storage?
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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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Is it OK to use Redex fuel additive in winter?

We're currently in a typical chilly spell here in the UK and I've got a bottle of Redex fuel additive sitting in my cupboard, like this one: http://www.halfords.com/motoring/engine-oils-fluids/fuel-...
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Winter tyre procedure recommendations

I have just bought a car with R17 alloy wheels and 225/50R17 summer tyres, and I am looking for the winter tyres now. I am thinking of buying exactly the same size winter tyres and swapping them on ...
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Van sliding door frozen shut

I recently purchased a 2004 Toyota Sienna. the winter weather is freezing my sliding doors shut. I dont think it's the locking mechanism freezing Because that opens when I push the unlock Button. ...
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Winter tires 195/55r16 fit on a 16x7 rim

Hello I was wondering if I can use winter tires 195/55r16 on a 16x7 rim? Or can I use another 195/ which fit better ?
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Winter is here, what measures should be taken to protect a motorcycle?

After a mere two months of owning a motorcycle, it's already winter and I'd like to know how best to prepare for the inevitable ice/snow/cold. Other than basic cleaning and lubrication, are any other ...
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What is causing my diesel car to struggle to start in cold (below 0°C) temperatures?

We have two Diesel cars. Both have issues on starting after cold nights. This week we had about -10° to -16° C at 6.30 am, so in the night it was probably even colder. I am not able to start the cars, ...
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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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Do I NEED block heaters for winter?

I just bought my first house. It doesn't have a garage, only a driveway. I live in Canada. My cars are a 2014 sedan and a 2015 suv. I use them everyday. Do I NEED a block heater for January-...
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Any recommendation to prevent rims sticking to the disc?

Almost every season when changing the tires from winter to all-season and back I find the rims stick (mostly due to rust) to the disc behind. Is there any recommended solution that can be applied ...
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Winter tire question

I am attempting to get a straight answer regarding winter tires. The size as shown on the inside of the door is "215/60R/15". I am told that I can use 195/65R/15 and 205/65R/15 tires as well. Is ...
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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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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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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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Should I open the radiator cap in extreme cold

I have a 1.6L petrol Peugeot 307 (2001) that normally is driven in the south of Sweden where temperatures are typically greater than -10 degrees Celsius, but am now in the north where temperatures can ...
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Is it safe to put 195/65/R15 winter tires instead of 205/65/R15 on Civic'17?

According to the dealership official down-size for Honda Civic'17 is 205/65/R15 (stock tire size is 215/55/R16), but I have 195/65/R15 winters from a previous year Civic. I understand that 195 ...
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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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One of four tires has developed a defect, what are my options?

I was about to install my winter tires when I noticed that one of them has developed two small bubbles in the sidewall since I stored them in spring. I would just replace it with an identical unit ...
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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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Cold start Squeak noise

I have an 04 Toyota Camry Solara. The car is in very good condition at 165k miles. Although since two winters ago I have noticed only in the cold mornings when I first start the car there is like a ...
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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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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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Is it better for your vehicle to let it warm up before driving it? [duplicate]

I always get into arguments with my boyfriend about cars we both think we are right. (Pretty typical) so I thought I'd get some answers to a few questions, and opinions from some unbiased outsiders. ...
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Does storing a brand new car in winter prevent rust?

I was looking for a way to prevent my new 2017 Mustang from rusting. I live in Canada and here we use salt in winter. I asked a lot of people how I can protect it, and each one says something ...
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Should I do anything or check anything before starting my push mower after sitting all winter?

I didn't do anything to "winterize" it, but we only had a few stretches of really cold weather (less than 20F) and the majority of the winter was between 20F and 50F. Should I do anything before ...
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Are winter tire good in rain and normal temperature (10-15c)

I recently bought a 2005 Honda Accord and this is my first car. While buying I choose to take four brand new winter tires from the seller. As the winter coming in next couple of weeks in Canada, I ...
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Should I put cement in my trunk for the winter?

Growing up in snowy northern Michigan, I got used to the idea of my mom putting bags of cement in the trunk (over the rear wheels) to "improve traction" during the winter months, when at any given ...
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Preventing snow buildup on tires?

This morning I had an interesting experience. My tires were obviously slipping on the road. It has recently snowed (two days ago) and the roads are pretty clear. When I stopped, I realized the tires ...
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Does center bore difference of 0.06mm matter?

Recently I ordered a set of alloy wheels for my Volvo V40 MY 2015 which has a center bore 63.4. I noticed only now that there is a slight difference in the center bore (everything else is precisely ...
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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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Winter tires vs all season tires [duplicate]

I live in East Tennessee where the winters are generally quite short. The roads can be very icy and snowy during the 2-3 months of winter- but usually only for short periods. I was told that if I ...
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Winter tyre sizing

Is it possible / safe to use winter tyres of 195/50R15 on a golf currently fitted with 205/55R16? My son changed his car and tells me if he gets his winter tyres fitted to different rims because if ...
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What type of tyres I should use in UK?

I recently moved to UK from Germany, and I was used to sessional tyres back home. Summer for summers season and winter for winter season. Now I live in south of the UK and I was told that I'm not ...
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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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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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Block heater cord hack

The end of my block heater cord that connects to the block heater is worn out. The rubber is dry and cracked. Because of this, it does not stay plugged in correctly. To save some money I want to try ...
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Car Care for winter: Any tips? [closed]

Need some tips on how to take care of a car over winter. I found an article on how to "winterize" a car but would appreciate more resources/tips/information regarding the proper way to maintain tires ...
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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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Can I use tires of the same dimensions from a Ford on a Honda?

I'm looking to buy tires off a friend (new and unused) with rims fitted and balanced. They're of the size 215/50R17 , which is exactly what my Honda Civic Touring has. He bought it for his Ford Focus, ...
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how to deal with a car in the winter morning [closed]

Suppose you have a car in the winter morning where there are snows all over the car and the windows are frozen. What will be the steps that you would take before driving/
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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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Does leaving a manual car in gear when parked damage the car in any way? [duplicate]

Does leaving a manual transmission car in gear (tip:lowest ratio gear offers the greatest resistance due to engine compression) present any disadvantage to the mechanicals of a vehicle? Parking brake ...
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What essential preparations should I take before winter driving?

Two years ago I published this blog post on being prepared for the winter, covering off: Practice Planning the route Mechanical Supplies Geek essentials Some of these might be a bit tongue in cheek, ...