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Old 26-Nov-2005, 01:15 PM
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Winter precautions?

I was wondering what are some of the basic things you should do to prepare and maintain your engine during the winter. (i just got a swap done) and i wanna keep it as healthy as possible during these -30 temperatures we will have. I know i should use synthetic oil, but what else is there i can do?

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Old 03-Dec-2005, 11:24 AM
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1.) well, i think u gotta get some fuel stabilizer, just pour that into the gas tank, NOT THE WHOLE THING, just the portion thats recommended on the bottle. This would keep the gas and gas line from freezing during winter.

2.) Also you have to do a oil change before parking, put your car on brinks or on stands so that the wheels are not touchin or just put some bull**** tires on em.

3.) You need to take the power off your battery, so it doesnt drain your battery over winter.

4.) and make sure you wash the whole car around from dirt and things.
Thats all i know so far...peace.
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Old 03-Dec-2005, 11:38 AM
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if you're talking about storing your car...

add number 5
5) add a heater in your garage.... warm up your whole garage once in a while.... i see many people ahve heater in garage for storage cars

but if you're referring to how to maintain your car over the winter and the car is still driven in the winter time

gas line
rad fluid
oil change... and i think using 5w something instead of 10w is better (someone add on this)... its regarding the motor oil... its thicker or thinner is better, can't remember haha... coz i just learned this concept awhile ago... damn i failed my test haha
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Old 03-Dec-2005, 11:43 AM
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thinner oil (5w30) is better in the winter. As oil heats up it gets thinner so 10w30 is better for summer than winter.
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Just came across this site. Very information on how to store your car for winter.
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Multi-weight oils (such as 10W-30) are a new invention made possible by adding polymers to oil. The polymers allow the oil to have different weights at different temperatures. The first number indicates the viscosity of the oil at a cold temperature, while the second number indicates the viscosity at operating temperature.

At cold temperatures, the polymers are coiled up and allow the oil to flow as their low numbers indicate. As the oil warms up, the polymers begin to unwind into long chains that prevent the oil from thinning as much as it normally would. The result is that at 100 degrees C, the oil has thinned only as much as the higher viscosity number indicates. Another way of looking at multi-vis oils is to think of a 20W-50 as a 20 weight oil that will not thin more than a 50 weight would when hot.
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