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Old 12-21-2010, 12:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am going to be spending some time for work (14 weeks to be exact) out in the columbia gorge in oregon this winter. For those who dont know the area, it gets REALLY EFFIN COLD! Anything you can suggest about cold weather prep? I am going to look at getting the gear oil changed possibly as it gives me trouble in cold starts in portland, and its not even that cold. Should the anti-freeze be fine?

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Hey Billy the Gorge isn't that cold but if your in LA right now yes its cold. LOL

Fresh coolant a good idea and take a nice jacket that cuts the wind you'll need it.
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ahahah I know its not THAAAAAT cold, but definitely colder than i am used to. Cold starts on the 6MT are really frustrating though.
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ahahah I know its not THAAAAAT cold, but definitely colder than i am used to. Cold starts on the 6MT are really frustrating though.
A friend up at 8500 Ft in Colorado switched to synthetics during the winter due to her Tribeca freezing up right around 25below zero start won't even turn over. The synthetic helped along with a battery with higher cranking amps given with the cold the cranking amps tend to fade a bit. Have someone do a little health check on your battery cold temps kill weak batteries dead really fast.
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Battery tender. Block heater. Down underwear and everything else! Or as they do in Alasksa. Never turn the car off.
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I personally believe it never gets cold enough in the gorge to justify a Battery Tender, or a Block heater, but that is just me. -20F Nights in Montana, yeah I was glad I had a block heater, but that was about it. In your case, just make sure your coolant is up to spec (-40*F rated or better). Get some de-icing windshield washer fluid. Become good friends with all the heating elements scattered around your car, including the seat heaters, windshield wiper defrosters, rear window defroster, and rear view mirror defrosters.

Another luxury item, is a remote starter. Nothing better than hitting that button in the morning, and coming out to a nice toasty car.
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Shouldn't have any issues, because many of us live in very cold areas with no issues. I know guys that live way up north in Canada with no block heaters and they do just fine.
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Yup, for us Canucks it's not cold until it's -40. At which point we wear our long johns to go play hockey, eh!

Seriously, I never had an issue with any of my subies in the cold and I have a cottage in Northern Quebec which is on an island with no hydro (I drive across the frozen lake to get to my cottage in winter).

You may consider switching to a good cold weather synthetic oil but that's about it. Remote starter is nice too as your car gets to heat up before you wear and tear it but not mandatory.
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