Winter Care

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Winter Care

Post by Lukeh17 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:18 pm

Hey everyone,

this is the first winter that I will have had my car. I didn't know where else to put this. I was wondering what I could do to help her get through the winter. I am gonna change the oil and oil filter as I do relatively short journeys. I can't really cover her because she is used most days. Was just looking for some tips for extra care etc.

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Re: Winter Care

Post by GTXTRA » Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:52 pm

check - wipers and washer fluids, carry a set of bulbs.

last brake fluid service?

get one or two of these and recycle them as per instructions - http://www.frost.co.uk/air-dry-for-car.html

keep the rear arches and rear axle mounts clear of any salt and mud each week - or they will dissolve.........

keep an eye on the scuttle panel/heater box area - leaves etc will block the drain holes

make sure the door cards are fitted properly - otherwise you will get leaks into footwell

just a few things to be getting one with luke.


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Re: Winter Care

Post by Lukeh17 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:21 pm

Sweet thanks for the reply.

Gonna get started on this over the weekend



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Re: Winter Care

Post by ianaudia4 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:35 pm

These are a good idea for keeping the battery in good condition, I have these fitted to both my Sciroccos.
Easy to fit and acts like a sleeping bag to keep the battery nice and snug!

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Re: Winter Care

Post by scrumpyone » Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:53 am

GTXTRA wrote:get one or two of these and recycle them as per instructions - http://www.frost.co.uk/air-dry-for-car.html.
Second these, work a treat.


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Re: Winter Care

Post by GTXTRA » Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:14 pm

Another thought if car is not in daily use -

Save the battery but keep the stereo/clock settings - http://www.richbrook.co.uk/dis-car-nect ... f-switch90 - plus it acts as a cheap immobiliser.

Alternatively if car is parked outside in between uses these are pretty good too re maintaining the battery - http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/solar-powered ... rger-l58bf


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Re: Winter Care

Post by james butler » Sun Feb 15, 2015 4:12 am

something i have allways done and it works, is to wipe clean all the brake lines and fuel lines and then liberally smear grease over the lines to protect them from the salt.
another thing is to spray loads of WD40 into the lock mechanism and barrels as this will help stop them freezing up when it gets very cold.
obviously check your antifreeze concentration is higher than 30% and your screen wash consists of more than just water otherwise wave goodbye to the washer bottle when it freezes and splits open.
if your tyres are worn nows a good time to change them aswell as its this time of year you need them the most.
check your alternator belt is ok and the correct tension, if that goes so does your power supply for the battery and that wont last long, i go as far as to keep a spare in the boot with a 13mm and 22mm spanner just incase.


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