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Why use snow tires on all 4 wheels on 2-wheel-drive cars?

What you are failing to realize is the non-drive axle provides stability. Yes, the two tires with power going to the ground needs traction to motivate the vehicle down the road, however, you still ...
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My car has moisture on the inside of the glass but other cars do not

There is something (very) wet inside your car. Feel around the floor, look at all the lowest points of the floor. If the front passenger floor is wet check the hoses to the heater core. Check all ...
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How to find a part lost in the snow

Is it magnetic? if so, a big magnet (from a speaker for example) might help...
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Leaving car in Lubbock, Texas for 1 month

Your vehicle will be perfectly fine. You don't necessarily need to do anything before leaving.
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Winter tires and summer tires

As Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 said, saving the rims turns out to be a better solution. Usually, we keep two sets of rims: one with our winter tires, one with our summer tires. A very rough average lifespan (with my ...
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My car has moisture on the inside of the glass but other cars do not

Do you use the circulate feature on your car? This should be turned off. It looks like the image below: I learned early on that this causes this exact issue in the winter. My theory is that the moist ...
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Leaving car in Lubbock, Texas for 1 month

Clean out the interior first; make sure there's no food or anything that could spoil or attract a hungry animal. You don't need to disconnect the battery unless you already need a new battery.
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What are the pros and cons of having "summer wheels" and "winter wheels"?

The pros and cons of running dedicated summer and winter sets of wheels/tires will depend on individual situations. For what it's worth, I advocate having dedicated summer and winter tires available ...
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How to find a part lost in the snow

If the area you lost it in isn't too large, you could shovel the snow into a big bucket, bring it inside, and let it melt. This could be tricky if the area you might have lost it is large, or if the ...
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Leaving car in Lubbock, Texas for 1 month

I would disconnect the battery, apart from that all else will be fine. Most cars have circuits, like the clock, that consume power at all times. Disconnecting the battery stops this drain, but it won’...
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Are 10-year-old winter tires OK for summer use?

Unfortunately, not really. The concern with 10 year old tires is degradation of the rubber leading to increased risk of failure. This degradation happens regardless of how much you use them. Tires are ...
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Are bad winter tires still better than summer tires in winter?

Neither option is ideal. The way the current winter tires are described, it seems that they would be equally bad on ice as a set of summer tires. If you don't plan on using the car in snow, it ...
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Do I need any special maintenance plan for a car only driven a every couple of weeks?

It sounds like you're spot on for your car. Words of advice: If you only want to change the oil once a year, use something like Mobil 1 Annual Protection, which is a full synthetic oil. It's good for ...
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Leaving car in Lubbock, Texas for 1 month

For one month I think that you are just fine without any extra precautions. But if it's for a longer period, then you may consider the following ideas. I recommend three action points, one on ...
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How to find a part lost in the snow

Install a metal detector app on your phone. Seriously. They work pretty well.
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My car has moisture on the inside of the glass but other cars do not

On my car the A/C is on all the time - as per the handbook, specifically to control the humidity inside the car. You should consider running with the A/C on over the winter and see if that makes a ...
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Does thick snow considerably reduce fuel economy?

Driving through snow of any thickness is increasing the rolling resistance of the vehicle, meaning you will need to use more engine power just to maintain your speed. Since there's no such thing as a ...
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Leaving car in Lubbock, Texas for 1 month

A full tank of gas will minimize condensation in the fuel tank.
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The purpose of covering the grill during cold weather

This is old, but some of these comments annoy me. I live in Fairbanks AK and drive a 90's diesel Chevy. It takes a 15 minute idle period (in addition to at least an hour with the block heater plugged ...
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Can I use a car wash to de-ice my car

No, you cannot. You state that " I would only have to scrape a little bit to get there safely", however this is not correct - you should clear ALL essential windows before you move the car - the first ...
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My car has moisture on the inside of the glass but other cars do not

One thing that helps to deal with fog inside the car is a humidity absorber: Of course, absorbers can only trap some residual humidity, so if you suspect there's a leak you should find it and fix it ...
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Best routine for making a frozen car driveable

Get an insulating blanket for at least your windshield. You place this over the windshield at night, and it prevents frost from forming. The windscreen is the most difficult to get ice-free, so this ...
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Grille cover for '95 civic EG without AC for cold weather protection of engine

From what I remember from my Civic driving days, the radiator in that car only extends half way across the grill of the car, and the other half is blocked off by a plastic cover as you mentioned. ...
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Why use snow tires on all 4 wheels on 2-wheel-drive cars?

Because the need for traction for movement in the winter is just a small part of the need for traction for BRAKING in the winter. Also, four winter tires help when cornering.
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The purpose of covering the grill during cold weather

An anectodal answer to this... Back in the '70s I owned a Moskvich 412, a Russian car built to survive in Siberia. This had a brass venetian blind arrangement in front of the radiator that could be ...
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What are the pros and cons of having "summer wheels" and "winter wheels"?

I like the answer of Ellesedil. I just want to add some information. Another thing you want to look at is the legal requirement in your country. I am from germany. We have the 'optional rule': "O bis ...
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Safe to store bike with no coolant?

Draining it and leaving it empty will promote rust formation inside your cooling system. I'd fill it with antifreeze, as it also contains corrosion inhibitors.
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Can I use a car wash to de-ice my car

If it's cold enough to have ice covering your windshield, the leftover water will ice up your doors and locks. Depending how soon and how much you use your brakes, you could have some ice forming on ...
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Winter tires and summer tires

Two sets of wheels/rims, one with each set of tires can be a great idea; although since you mention your car is new, it probably came with a Tire Pressure Management Sensor (TPMS) system, which can ...
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