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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
Re: Alfa in winter
1) Make sure that your coolant is new (less than 2 years old) and at full concentration.
The Ethylene Glycol in the coolant evaporates over time, so gradually your coolant loses its antifreeze properties. Also, if you top it up with neat water, over time that dilutes the antifreeze and increases its freezing temperature.
Fill yer fella up with NEW antifreeze, used neat or mixed to the manufacturers strongest recommended concentration (it should give you freezing protection to -30C).
It also stops your motah rusting, so it's good stuff.
2) Make sure your oil is the right grade and fully topped up. If the book says 10W40 make sure that's what's in it. Note that a 0W40 or a 5W40 may be the recommended grade for severe winter use but I wouldn't leave it in there as soon as temperatures rise above 5C.
3) Wash your car and give it a BIG helping of polish. If possible, clean it every couple of weeks and make sure you also rinse inside the wheel arches and underneath, if there's been a lot of salt on the roads.
4) Spray any exposed metal with WD40 or put some vaseline (petroleum jelly) or grease on them.
5) Clean your glass with rain repellant and make sure your windscreen wiper blades are clean and in good condition.
6) Grease your handbrake cable (near the rear calipers) and make sure it's properly adjusted.
7) Get some rubber mats for the interior.. it saves treading sluch into the carpet.
8) Make sure your aux' belts are all in good order, as the cold temperature makes them go a little brittle.
9) Make sure your tyres are at the right pressure. Cold weather makes them deflate a little but if it's snowing then that's okay (a low pressure tyre grips better). Remember to pump them up again when it warms up.
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