Cold weather auto help

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  1. mpkowal

    mpkowal Elite Refuge Member

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    I just moved from a very hot Vegas to a smaller town in the mountains,it gets below zero many days.What do you guys that live in cold areas do to make sure your vehicles are ready to go?
    I am going to try and park the car in the garage as much as possible and I dont drive it much.I plan on a new battery for the truck,but what else do you guys recommend
    THANKS Mike.
     
  2. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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    Make sure your battery is in good shape and get yourself a block heater installed. That way when you come home you just plug it in she'll be ready and warm to go the next morning. Makes life of your starter far easier.
     
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    fishnfool Elite Refuge Member

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    I get in it and turn the key.

    Sometimes I have to scrape away snow and ice too.
     
  4. IV Hunt

    IV Hunt Elite Refuge Member

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    I would think cold weather advice from Bismark would be spot on!
     
  5. Native NV Ducker

    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator

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    If it is a gas engine, no problem (with a good battery)

    Diesel, use the block heater (which is probably already installed)

    -20 temps, gas truck starts right up. My old diesel, not so much.
     
  6. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    Seriously, how cold and how often? Assuming a gas engine, unless the temps stay well below zero for a long time, you turn the key and let it warm up a bit. If there's frost, turn the key and let the defroster work while the engine warms. If the area is subject to ice storms, keep deicer in the garage because car doors often freeze shut and you can damage them while trying to open. Oh, and make sure your battery is in good shape.
     
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    If it gets in -20 area for periods of time consider using synthetics in the differentials and a synthetic oil for the crankcase-also carry a bottle of HEET to mitigate ice in the gas line. 20+ years in Alaska schooled me.
     
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    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    Not to overlook the obvious, make sure the antifreeze is adequate. Don't ever use boiling hot water to thaw anything, you'll be sure to crack something.
     
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    Yup, have a garage check your antifreeze.
     
  10. Mrs.10GAGENUT

    Mrs.10GAGENUT Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    As long as your vehicle is in good shape/maintained you shouldn't really have to do anything to it. A new battery is always good insurance, not cheap anymore but good insurance.
    One thing and it may not even be necessary, check what temperature thermostat your truck came with especially if you bought it in a warm climate. In cold weather changing out a 180 degree thermostat for a 210 degree thermostat makes quite a bit of difference.
     
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