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Motors Winter driving

Discussion in 'General' started by xen0morph, 21 Oct 2003.

  1. xen0morph

    xen0morph Bargain wine connoisseur

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    It's getting bloody cold up in ye old Blackburn, and it's time for some winter motoring preperation.

    I've already changed my coolant for a 30/70 mixture of antifreeze and water, and bought spare bulbs and an ice scraper.

    What has everyone else been doing to prepare their car for the winter?
     
  2. :: Phat ::

    :: Phat :: Oooh shakalaka!

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    traded it in for a faster lighter one :D

    Luckily (or not, depends on how you like snow) I live right next (and if i sit on the balcony, over) salt water, so my area is pretty snow free, unless you go mountain driving :)
     
  3. penski

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    I'd prefer winter so much more if we got proper snow.

    But we get crappy, small amounts of snow which instantly turns to slush.

    :(

    *n
     
  4. Dad

    Dad You talkin to me?

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    Flushing my cooling system, putting a good coat of sealent on the paint, need to get a new snow brush, changing the all seasons for studded snows, changing the nice floor matts for the heavy rubber ones, buying a case of dry-gas, putting the winter survival kit* in the trunk.

    * includes...
    - collapsable shovel
    - road flairs
    - chemical heat pads
    - wool blanket
    - chemical lights
    - tire chains

    May seem like overkill to most of you, but I live in the snow belt in NY. It's not uncommon around here to get 2 feet of snow in an afternoon.
     
  5. xen0morph

    xen0morph Bargain wine connoisseur

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    Re: Re: Winter driving

    Being rear-wheel drive, I don't fancy your chances much driving in snow...

    So it's quite a good thing that you don't get any ;)

    Then again, a Nissan Micra doesn't exactly have the best traction in the world.

    And my car's only got 75hp max...
     
  6. dagamore

    dagamore New Member

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    i just lock the front end up, and put it in to 4wd, and call it good, it takes a lot to stop a f-350 diesel 4x4 with an off road pack and with 38inch super swampers at the corner :D
     
  7. :: Phat ::

    :: Phat :: Oooh shakalaka!

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    Re: Re: Re: Winter driving

    FWD acctually :D
     
  8. samuelellis

    samuelellis New Member

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    on the rover it already had

    fresh undercoating, fresh tyres, new coolant (for winter driving)

    thrown a first ait pack int eh boot
    alwasy had spare bulbs
    got a plug in ice scraper that mets the ice as well
    got one of them heat keyrings incase the lock freezes

    you know the usual
     
  9. HellDiver

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    I had my motor serviced in September, so it should be fine for the winter.

    Also just put on a new set of tyres - Uniroyal rain tyres. Big chunky buggers, got 185/65R14s this time. :clap:

    Better than the POS Michelin Energy 175/70R14s that were on the car from new. So hard that nearly 4 years of driving and 42,000 miles had them with 3mm of tread left. :jawdrop: Truely dangerous in the wet those things were.

    I will be giving the car a severe dose of wax some weekend when I get down home and camp the garage for a day. :)
     
  10. -Rx-

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    Set of new boots after ive moved house (months time) cause the current ones are approx a rizla paper away from being illegal.....

    ..... and the other prep is crossing my fingures :thumb:

    BTW, i would love to know why you think RWD is more dangerous in the winter! Its only dangerous if you dont know how to drive a RWD car properly!

    Give me a RWD car any day, any conditions over a FWD.
     
  11. andrew

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    Re: Re: Re: Winter driving

    My sisters nissan Micra One liter Is a pile, but she let me drive it a few months ago, I got that batch to wheel spin. It was funny because the clutch seems to move like a foot down wards, and the car lurches back wards and forward, with a feel of power, then suddenly your doing 10mph. LOL.

    35 days till moped!!
     
  12. xen0morph

    xen0morph Bargain wine connoisseur

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    This is a 1.3 :hehe:

    Phat, I didn't know that the spider was FWD...
     
  13. micb

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    I have found RWD in the snow/ice to be much safer.

    FWD card tend to understeer straight into wall/car/ditch or anything infront of you.

    A few years ago there was a few days of snow and crushed ice in my local town so I took my Volvo 340 out to get occustomed to close to zero friction driving.

    I had serious fun driving slowly, wheel spinning in 1,2,3 and forth gears.

    I went to the local empty supermarket and it was a pure ice rink of crushed ice.

    I tried doing powerslides, drifting and handbreak turns.

    The main thing to watch is power, if the rear end breaks you can fish tail pritty badly if you are not carfull.
     
  14. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    My preperation is to buy tons of toilet paper, mid engine/rear wheel drive this is going to be fun. :lol:
     
  15. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    I agree RWD is more fun, but instant snap oversteer can be a pain esp for shiny alloys and kerbs :(
     
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