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    Default Preparing your car for winter. What do YOU do?

    Winter tends to bite a bit harder here than in the UK so I've been doing my usual winter prep while the weather is still good. It hasn't rained here for the last 2 weeks or so but it won't be long until the weather gets a bit worse.

    This is my winter preparation list that I have completed today:

    1. Wash car thoroughly.
    2. Wax with a wax/sealant combination product. I use Optimum Car Wax (US import).
    3. Wax wheels to protect from salt and brake dust.
    4. Grease door/boot/bonnet locks hinges and straps with LM Grease.
    5. Check engine fluids and check condition of engine bay hoses (as per weekly checks).
    6. Change concentration of screen wash.
    7. Change wiper blades and de-grease front and rear windscreen.
    8. Hoover out drains at back of engine bay and under front windscreen.
    9. Check condition of tyres, brakes and battery.
    10. Replace pollen and engine air filters.

    Here's a couple of pics of the side of my car after todays winter paint prep. I paid particular attention to the lower doors and wheels as these areas are worst affected in winter.




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    all i do is turn the heater knob over to the red part!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry
    all i do is turn the heater knob over to the red part!
    You and 99% of other drivers Harry .

    I do this every winter, then if something does go wrong I won't be kicking myself for not bothering with simple checks that would have averted aforementioned problem.

    Check, check and check again. Something that was drummed into me in training and something I'll never forget.

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    Do you have to switch over to winter tyres over there ??

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    How often should you replace the anti-freeze, is there any way to check it is OK - percentage etc., rather than just replacing it

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    Swatty. there is a sort of hydrometer thing that you can buy [ I have one myself], you suck some of the antifreeze out of the header tank and with the one I have so many " balls "have to float for it to be the correct strenght, but I would recomend you change the antifreeze every two or three years anyway, unless it is the longlife stuff then just measure the strenght and add as accordingly.

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    Winter preperation....

    - Put thick coat in boot.
    - errrr

    Winter prepared....!!

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    Check antifreeze content

    Check tyre depths, pressures and general condition including space saver spare

    Check lights and other levels

    Freeze *** off cleaning it in all weathers

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCOTTEX
    Do you have to switch over to winter tyres over there ??
    I'm in the Northwest part of Germany so winter tyres are not compulsory. Most people have all season tyres which have chunkier tread blocks. In Germany, if there is snow or ice on the road and you have a crash, your insurance company will not pay out unless you have winter tyres on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoons
    Winter preperation....

    - Put thick coat in boot.
    - errrr

    Winter prepared....!!

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