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Winter Maintanance/Precautions

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by SiR II, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. SiR II

    SiR II Junior Member

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    I was wondering what are some of the basic things you should do to prepare and maintain your engine during the winter. (i just got a swap done) and i wanna keep it as healthy as possible during these -30 temperatures we will have in Canada. I know i should use synthetic oil, but what else is there i can do?

    thank you
     
  2. 92civicb18b1

    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    If you really are having temperatures that are -30C or in the negative 20F's, defenitly opt for a full coolant flush and use straight antifreeze, no 50-50. A lighter weight oil is also helpful.
     
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    VTECPOWER Senior Member

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    Yeah, an oil like 5w30 will be thinner and warm up more quickly.
     
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    wanderinman Senior Member

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    5-30 is what Honda calls for from the factory anyway, isn't it? High revving engines need a tick thinner oil.
     
  5. 1995EGGuy

    1995EGGuy Senior Member

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    ALL SOHC Non VTEC, VTEC, or DOHC motors = 0W-20 (Hybrid), 5W-20 (Some Newer Hondas), 5W-30 (Most)

    ALL DOHC VTEC motors = 10W-30
     
  6. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    um, no. try again.

    most d and b-series call for 5-30 or 10-30.



    i assume you're referring to -30 to -20 celecius and in that case, thats really not that cold :p

    do NOt run straight coolant. you will overheat. yes, even in the dead of winter.
    don't go more than 70 coolant to 30 water

    the key to keeping your motor running good even in the cold- is to fully let it warm up before you move. thick oil doesn't do a damn thing for lubing...

    another thing to do if its REALLY cold out, is to fake-pump it. basically, turn the key over to let it bump twice. then off. bump again, off, bump, and then let it fully turn over.
    each bump will give your oil pump a run... and you'll lube it on up better than just letting it turn over on the initial key-on. :)
     
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    I dunno to me thats right because the honda oil grade chart for all hondas says that
     
  8. vic42

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    Some items and tips on winter preping your car.

    I live in Northern Canada were the temp fall well below -25.F to -40F, so i have to ensure my vehicles are properly winterized or risk freezing my ass off when one of them breaks down and leaves me stranded.

    1. New oil and filter 5w/30 or 10w/30 Not much difference in viscosity between the two. (5w/30 reccommended) easier cold starts.

    2. If your unsure about your coolant, have the system flushed use 50/50 mixture. Some garages will by-pass the heater core when flushing, ensure they don't, The entire system must be flushed and never run straight coolant!

    3. Plugs (Ensure you properly gap the plugs to specs) Wires , cap & rotor

    4. Have the battery load tested. Check it yourself if you have a good digital mulitimeter. On older batteries (4 yrs or more) The amperage output could be 1/2 of a new battery. Don't be fooled by a good voltage reading, its the amperage you need on a cold start. If your battery is rated for example:(650 cold cranking amps) make sure it can still put that out! If you have a multimeter you can test for this by switching the meter to the amperage output setting and placing your leads on the + and - of the starter and have someone crank over the engine. This is one of the main reasons people become stranded. I always replace my batteries every 4 to 5 years regardless.

    5. Run a bottle or 2 of good injector cleaner through the fuel system.

    6. Check all your hoses & clamps

    7. Stay away from discount gas bars during winter months, they tend to have a higher water contamination than the big name gas bars. If you have to use them always add a bottle of gas line anti-freeze at every fill up. You will thank me for this later.

    8. After starting your engine leave it idle for a minute or 2, this allows the oil to warm up a bit and reach the upper part of the engine. Nothing worse than hearing metal on metal valve clacking. Personally i always allow about 5 minutes.

    7. The rest is common sense, tires, wipers, etc.


    Regards
    Vic.
     
  9. wanderinman

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    I'm gunna say do what the Canadian says, lol. Good info too, I'll be sure to remember it (altho I can't remember the last time in YEARS that we dropped below even 15F)
     
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