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Old September 30th, 2006, 08:08 AM
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Winter prep

Winter's comin', strting to prep the Rover for it. Tune, oil change, checkin' relays etc. How 'bout you guys?
what is your routine winter prep and recommendation?
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Old September 30th, 2006, 08:15 AM
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Old September 30th, 2006, 09:15 AM
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I usually sharpen my ice tools, my snowboard edges and my crampon points. And I check my tire pressure. Maybe get a new hat.
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Old September 30th, 2006, 09:55 AM
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I'll be insulating the attic , covering the window AC units and stocking up on rock salt. For the Cape house, I'll also be adding insulation, taking down the window screens, covering the AC and draining the water lines.

I don't have heat at the Cape house but thought of adding a cast iron fireplace insert. The house is only 800 sq. ft. so I'm hoping this will do it as the least expensive option. Had a gas floor furnace before from the 50's: kinda did the job but cost a fortune to run.

What do you think???
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Old September 30th, 2006, 11:12 AM
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Step 1: open garage door
Step 2: put the truck inside
Step 3: close the garage door
Step 4: wait til spring and in the meantime overhaul and get it trail ready ...

I will be driving the Hyundai for the winter

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Old September 30th, 2006, 11:59 AM
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Change oil weight.

Leave AC uncovered.

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Old September 30th, 2006, 01:31 PM
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I'm ging to be replacing my swivel seals... The leaking is just getting too bad... not really a function of winter but the thought of doing it in the driveway in the snow isnt appealing.

Previously I sanded the surface rust on the frame, primed, used stone guard then waxoly... turned out great and I'm sure it will cut down on the rust this winter...

set my heater to winter mode.... which consists of adjusting the flap so heat is more the priority.

Try to get the 74' 240d I just picked up (for 300$) to run... I'd like a clunker for around town.

I'm also going to put a coat on the dog... I got this bitchin oil skin jacket for the mutt when I was in Oz... the dog from the snowy river.

No ice tools here, just taking the rock shoes out of the ute and in to the garage for the winter woody climbing sessions.

sorry for the ramble...trying not to work
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Old September 30th, 2006, 01:45 PM
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Very informative..lol got the formula down for parking it in the garage.

How 'bout all you winter trekers out there?
So far bought the surefire A2 aviator LED/incandescent combo flashlight as the new cockpit flashlight, got a multi-fuel stove for emergency coffee, (thinking 'bout getting a storm kettle) , Got a 1L Nissan thermos for the trek out to the mountain house in the Catskills, still searchin' for emergency blankies, Pagonia parka for emergencies stowed behind the seats, aluminum low profile tool box with tools, bucket boss bag for recovery gear, etc.. etc..

Oh and a new dart board and darts for snow down time..
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Old October 1st, 2006, 02:38 PM
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I added an oil pan heater from JC Whitney and used a marine plug from West Marine to eliminate the "plug below the radiator" look. I will most likely plug it into a timer to come on about an hour before I take off in the A.M.
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Old October 1st, 2006, 04:36 PM
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Like Jimmy, I'm not touching anything thats not broken - there is enough that already is I'm going to run mine through the end of October with the surry top and play it by ear after. Will most likely will give in and put the full top and window tops in after that. No need for a pan heater here, but I dig it!

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Old October 1st, 2006, 06:04 PM
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Wow, plug & play! I like that. does anyone run mudflaps in the winter? (or should I say salt flaps)..
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Old October 2nd, 2006, 12:13 AM
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Ah winter...one of the major reasons I have the Rover...I'll never forget the parking lot-like traffic jam I was in on one of Chicago's many xways...a million cars crawling along and I took a 90 degree right turn thru the snow thru the xway ditch to escape...so, what to do to prepare? coolant flush every two years...check all hoses and belts...run the AC every week for one minute...go through the car wash with the "undercarriage special" wash after every major slush event...and of course before the cold and salt be under the truck with POR15...oh, change the oil as the season begins in order to have correct cold weather grade spec running through the old veins and...this season I am installing a webasto coolant heater for my new Tdi...
best of luck!
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New coat of Rain X, So Cal style
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Buy heavy winter coat and ski goggles. Ignore snow coming in cab from under bimini top . . .
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I added an oil pan heater from JC Whitney and used a marine plug from West Marine to eliminate the "plug below the radiator" look. I will most likely plug it into a timer to come on about an hour before I take off in the A.M.
That's a cool idea. Did you have to drill your oil pan?
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That's a cool idea. Did you have to drill your oil pan?
No, I had to sand the bottom of it to bare metal, remove the stickback from the heated pad, plug it in for 5 seconds (got @$%&ing HOT quick) to actviate the adhesive, then stick it on. Once adhered, the package included a tube of sivler silicone to coat the edges to make it weather proof. Took about 20 minutes for the heater.
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Old October 7th, 2006, 11:42 PM
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use all the oil and rags from your last oil change to coat the underside and un painted areas of your rover. it works for me here in the south. i have a little rust but im not worried yet.
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