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Winter Reminders:

Run your a/c every couple of weeks or so to circulate lubricant, keep parts free.

If storing a closed car, leave HVAC on recirculate and on dash vents only (not possible in some cars). Keeps vermin from more easily getting into the car’s interior.

Don’t start the stored car if only running it for a few minutes.

Yes, you can let a car idle to build up some heat, but the drive train will still be too cold.

Lotus: Keep spare fob battery handy.


All Year:

Need glasses and have spare pairs? Keep them in your car: they’ll pretty much be wherever you are and need them. (Extra extra pair? travel bag.) Esteemed member lwein loved this one.

Need medications daily? Remember your car can strand you with even a blown tire if you have odd sizes. Bring a few doses. Even works in jail.


Be Nice:

Someone moves out of the left lane for you? Always wave “thanks”. Positive reinforcement.
 

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Assume that after the water temp is up to correct level, it's at least 5 minutes more before the oil is there.
 

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Assume that after the water temp is up to correct level, it's at least 5 minutes more before the oil is there.
Right. Thanks. I always figure 10 minutes, to be safe.
 

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Oh, forgot:

Weak starter or battery?

Push clutch in when starting in cold weather, so the starter isn't trying to turn the gears in frozen oil/grease.
 

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the voice of experience.
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Yes, but it was only one day. (Not a pleasant one...)
 

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I have been told that just starting a car up then shutting back down after warm up is a bad idea and that you should actually drive it around a little to get the sediment in the bottom of the oil pan into the filter.
 

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I have been told that just starting a car up then shutting back down after warm up is a bad idea and that you should actually drive it around a little to get the sediment in the bottom of the oil pan into the filter.
Yes, covered. The engine has to get hot enough to remove condensation.
 

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Plus...


Keep in car: Blanket, tow rope, shovel, plumber’s candle.

Can’t believe this needs saying: Clean your headlights and tail lights too.

Clean your wiper blades with rubbing alcohol, keeps them soft & clean.
(The way I like my wipers and my wimmin...)
 

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and....

No heated steering wheel (hah!)? Point the dash vents where you place your hands.
 

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I do that, and I point the 3rd one (from the left) at the shift knob - it's cold!
Yes. I bought the lotus leather knob...much better
 

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B(rrrr)ump
 

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Get ice scraper, or lots and lots of credit cards.

Keep in car: Blanket, tow rope, shovel, plumber’s candle, coffee can for candle, bottled water, matches/lighter, first aid kit; spare hat & gloves, high energy granola/chocolate bars.

Can’t believe this needs saying: Clean your headlights and tail lights too.

Clean your wiper blades with rubbing alcohol, keeps them soft & clean.

Salt: I recommend SaltAway, which instantly neutralizes salt. Used by boat owners; found on Amazon and boating stores.
 

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Seasonal bump
 

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New season, new bump
 

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Oops, late. Bump.
 
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