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10 Tips to Prep your Car for Winter Driving

Inspect your antifreeze while your engine is cold by using a tester to check the mixture for its freeze point. A 50/50 ratio means 50% distilled water and 50% antifreeze, which is sufficient in most climates, except in extreme cold.
Have your charging system checked for free at any Advance Auto Parts store. Cold weather starts make the vehicle battery work much harder and getting stranded in the cold is no fun!
Change your oil and oil filter. Clean, high quality engine oil goes a long way in protecting the motor in cold start situations. Use the oil recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
Visually inspect all lights; marker bulbs, tail lights, third level brake lights, especially headlights and driving lights. Daylight savings time requires bulbs to work longer hours.
Tire Tread condition; check it yourself, or have it checked. Winter driving requires good traction in snow and ice. Quality tire tread sheds the snow, ice and road grime more quickly, providing better traction for improved safety. Check your tire pressure regularly, especially in colder temperatures. Follow the recommended PSI found on the driver's side door post for maximum traction.
Visibility is key to your safety; make sure that your wiper blades are in top condition, to fully clear your windshield, and back window if the vehicle is equipped. Road salt and slush can jeopardize visibility. Use washer fluid containing de-icer and Rain-X Treatment on windows to avoid the chiseling of ice early in the morning.
Inspect your engine's belts and hoses. Cracked, frayed or worn out rubber won't stand up to temperature extremes. Don't get stranded on your next trip because of a $10.00 belt or hose!
Replace the Cabin Air Filter if the vehicle is equipped. Outside contaminants from Fall and Summer driving are stranded in the cabin air filter and running the heater on "high" in the extreme cold only sends the micro-particles deeper into the vehicle.
Protect your vehicle's paint. Rain, snow and salt are extremely tough on paint. A tough coating of quality car wax will add another barrier in-between road grime and your vehicle's paint.
Last but not least, prepare a roadside emergency kit including a flashlight with fresh batteries, a blanket, food bars, water bottles, cell phone, jumper cables, flares, Fix-a-Flat, HELP Sign, and a first aid kit.

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what is the high temperature range for the coolant


Your question isn't a simple black or white question, it's all relative to how many PSI is your radiator cap and what mixture of anti-freeze your running, and also, how old or new the anti-freeze (coolant) is.

The pressure cap on a cooling system is the key to raising the boiling point of the 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water. For every pound of pressure cap rating the boiling of point of the above mixture raises 3 degrees. If you had plain water in your cooling system with a 15 pound pressure cap the water would boil @ 257 degrees. If you had a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water the coolant would boil @ 265 degrees with a 15 pound cap. The boiling point would raise to 270 degrees if you had a 60% antifreeze mixture with a 15 pound cap. If you had a 70% mixture the boiling point would raise to 276 degrees.

Mar 11, 2014 | 1989 Cadillac Eldorado

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what type of antifreeze should i use


I myself as a mechanic, prefer Prestone freeze. You can get it almost anywhere. AT for example K-mart it runs about 12 bucks. It is 50/50 mixture, which means you do not have to add water, it is already ready to poor and diluted to right mixture. However, at auto parts stores like Auto Zone, they also have a tester to check the strength level of it. You want to make sure that the mixture or ration of water to antifreeze is correct, for a couple reasons. If it not proper mixture of water and antifreeze, could cause break down of internal parts, which could over time, cause damage to radiator, hoses, thermostat etc.... So, best thing to do, after adding or before adding any antifreeze have it tested with a cheap tester they sell, and they can explain to you what the ratio should be for your car and size of radiator. I hope this helps. Mike
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Aug 02, 2011 | 2004 Chrysler Pacifica

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what kind or color of engine coolant does a 2003 mitsubishi galant use


There are two basic types of anti-freeze on the market. The kind with silica particles to scrub rust out of a cast iron block and the non-silica style for water pumps with ceramic washers (The silica particle will damage the sealing surface of the ceramic washers). The color of the anti-freeze is just to let you know it is not something to drink. Unfortunately it looks like Kool-aid and you have to keep it away from your pets.Your Mitsubishi will work fine with either type of anti-freeze. If you mix colors it will just look muddy. You can purchase an eye-dropper style anti-freeze tester at the auto store to see what temperature your mixture is rated for. Mix 50/50 for most applications and 60/40 for cold weather below -20 degrees(60 percent antifreeze to 40 percent distilled water). Many products are sold premixed. If you purchase a 50/50 premix antifreeze be careful not to dilute it with distilled water or when you go to test it, it will not be strong enough to work correctly.

Mar 07, 2011 | 2003 Mitsubishi Galant

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I NEED TO FLUSH THE INTERCOOLER SYSTEM OUT AND REPLACE THE COOLANT, WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS?


  1. Start with a stone cold engine

  2. Open the radiator cap

  3. Open the radiator drain plug and let out as much coolant as will drain';

  4. Replace drain plug and refill the sytem with distilled water

  5. Run the engine for for few minutes until it is warm (not hot);

  6. Repeat steps #3, #4 and #5 until you've effectively replace all of the coolant with distilled water. You'll know your finished draining the system when only clear water drains out.

  7. Drain the system one last time (now only residual distilled water should be in your cooling system);

  8. **** out all the coolant in the overflow tank (I use a Turkey baster or a huge syringe with a short length of rubber tubing.)

  9. Replace the radiator drain plug.

  10. Add undiluted anti-freeze to the system;

  11. Run the engine to mix the distilled water already in the cooling system with the newly added antifreeze.

  12. Check the antifreeze/water concentration with a tester.

  13. Over the next few days, adjust to the desired antifreeze/water mixture over the next several days. You'll likely have to **** out a little coolant mixture from the fill cap to create room for either the distilled water or the anit-freeze you'll be adding to adjust to the desired concentration. Sometimes I adjust by adding either water or antifreeze to the coolant- overflow tank which utimately mixes with the engine coolant;

  14. Don't forget to add collant and/or water to the coolant overflow tank.

Mar 28, 2009 | 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Check Engine light came on....


Coolant=Antifreeze. It's the same stuff. It lowers your freezing point and raises your boiling point. That way you don't freeze your engine and you don't boil it when it gets hots. Now, onward....

The easiest thing to do is go buy 50/50 premixed antifreeze. The ratio is ready to be poured right in. The parts store will be able to tell which antifreeze will work best for your Jeep. It more than likely just uses plain jane green antifreeze. That's what I put in mine.

Otherwise you can buy non-diluted antifreeze and add water to make a 50/50 ratio.

A 50/50 ratio is important because too little antifreeze is bad, and so is too much. For instance, a system ratio of 80% is highly ineffecient. That's why I'm suggesting the prediluted stuff. A ratio too low risks having your block freeze up and bust.

If you do add water, DO NOT use regular tap water. Only use DISTILLED WATER. It's cheap, and it's free from impurities, whereas tap water is good to drink, but it bad for your antifreeze system balance due to extra minerals, etc in that water.

You can buy distilled water at any grocery store. It'll be labeled distilled, not drinking, water.

Your coolant should be changed every 2 years unless you have extended life coolant.

Be sure to check for leaks so make sure you're not loosing too much antifreeze. The tank where you pour it is called the reservoir tank, or expansion tank. It's where the coolant goes when it expands when heated.

Be sure not to let animals near the antifreeze. It has a sweet smell to them, but it's deadly. Antifreeze can be recycled. But if you must dispose of it, carry it to your local hazardous waste facility. It only take a small portion of that stuff to taint thousands of gallons of water.

If you have a 4.0 six cylinder especially, be sure to follow these directions. The blocks and heads are iron and they will rust really quick internally with too little antifreeze is used. These are awesome engines often getting 200k miles+.


Jan 18, 2009 | 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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