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WINTER PREP?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by JimmyJuneau, Aug 25, 2001.

  1. JimmyJuneau

    JimmyJuneau 1/2 ton status

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    What should I do to prepare my truck for winter? What do you do to prepare your truck for winter?

    1985 GMC JIMMY
     
  2. Can Can

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    If you haven't changed out your coolant in a while, it's worth it to drain the rad and refill it with a fresh batch of 50/50 coolant/distilled water mix. I also use a winter grease for my suspension and driveshaft zerks once during the winter. Also check that your battery is holding a good charge, and that your alternator is putting out enough juice to power the lights and fan with no drop at idle.

    Temps here can drop to -30 Celsius(-22 farenheit) for weeks at a time during the winter. If your coolant can't hold the heat, or if your alternator or battery is weak, things can turn real bad real quick...........

    Also make sure your block heater works!!!!!



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  3. riz

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    <font color=purple> Make sure it's running real well, give it a good tune up and fix all those little things you said you would before the snow flies ....... change your fluids ............ especially the radiator, make sure the anti-freeze is rated for a real low temp ........... check your belts and hoses ..........replace all that seem remotely cracked or worn ........ make sure your heater controls are working properly ...... How old is your battery ? You know that needs to be good and strong AND clean ! .......Check your 4 wheel drive .......basically think of all the things you've had to fix over the years in the dead of winter that you know you could have avoided by doing a pre-winter checklist of some sort ..........GOOD LUCK !!

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    Being a desert rat, I don't really do too much to prepare for the winter, I just change all fluids, switch from 20W50 to 10W30 oil, put anti-freeze stuff in the window washer, Rain-X all the glass, and repack the front wheels.

    If the shoe fits, get another one just like it
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    I dont really have to do anything either Im in phoenix, AZ. I just enjoy the cool weather.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs locked front.Other cars 69 Firebird w/525 hp,and 70 GTO <a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>MY vehicles</a>
     
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    <font color=purple> I forgot to mention that ..........Buy a block heater and have it installed if you don't already have one !!!!! The freeze plug kind is the best !

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    It is great isn't it? My winter prep routine doesn't happen till well after Thanksgiving

    If the shoe fits, get another one just like it
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  8. riz

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    <font color=purple> I'm from Wisconsin and I must say that I hate you !!! LOL !

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  9. MudbogAD

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    I guess living in vegas is a good thing for the winter season. It never gets below freezing.

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    We do have to do similar things in the summer though. Its gets way to f#$% hot here. Im in the automotive business and we make a killing in the summer. Batterys only last two years here, and alternators about 3 years. And since we use our AC in the car 9 months out of the year the wear out quickly. There are always pros and cons.:)

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs locked front.Other cars 69 Firebird w/525 hp,and 70 GTO <a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>MY vehicles</a>
     
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    <font color=purple> I hear ya but you still don't have to shovel heat !! LOL !

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    <font color=purple> You don't watch the news on a Sunday night and say, " Crap, the drive to work tomorrow is going to suck since we're getting over a foot of heat ! " LOL !

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    No BUt you have to wathc the news and say crap I have to get up even earlier tommorow casue of the TRAFFIC,

    1985 GMC JIMMY
     
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    I know heat is much easier to deal with. Thats why I moved from Michigan. If I want to see the snow I can drive 2 hours north and be in Flagstaff or Snowbowl. If not then I just stay near home. In the summer I can head up north to get away from the heat to.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs locked front.Other cars 69 Firebird w/525 hp,and 70 GTO <a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>MY vehicles</a>
     
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    change your brake fluid. Brake fluid is hydroscopic (means it will absorb water) and everytime you check your brake fluid a little bit of moisture gets absorbed. Also if you have a slight leak in your master cylinder cap moisture can sneak in and get absorbed. The problem with water in brake fluid is that it can freeze and crack wheel cylinders, lines slave cylinders(on hydraulic clutches) etc... Not nice stuff.

    Also change all of your fluids, you don't want water in your diffs in the winter. I change all my fluids in the spring and in the fall, at the least. It is the cheapest insurance you can get IMO.

    I would also drop in a new thermostat when I replace the coolant and any belts or hoses that look a little rough. You don't have to toss them out, keep them for trail spares in the summer.

    Shane

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    Mostly my winter prep consists of putting gas in the pig...maybe new wipers if I'm in a spendy mood. My coolant gets changed every 2 years and checked once a year and thats it. Every other fluid is on some sort of maintenance schedule, so winter coming doesn't really maen too much. Of course we haven't had any appreciable snow or winter weather for the last 4 years so its kind of a non-issue.

    Rene...don't have to shovel rain either[​IMG]

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    Ya Rusty, you sure have it rough on the coast there... I don't know if I`d be able to handle all that winter rain [​IMG] Actually I get to spend a month down in vancouver in november so I think it is great as I will shorten my winter up here in prince george by about a month. [​IMG]

    Shane

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    I usally start my winter prep the night of the first good snowfall. Its much more of a challenge that way. There is nothing like putting on a plow frame in the dark while its sleeting...outside of course because all the rest of the toys are taking up all the room in the shop...so they are out of the weather!

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  19. in addition to the ablove, make sure your heater is in good working order and that all the controls work- make sure when you select defrost that it actually blows out the defrost ducts. check your heater hoses and make sure your fan motor is working well. always have a good snow scaper inside- credit cards and tape cases don't work as well. also have spare gloves and winter clothes in the cab. i also like to run a 195 t-stat in the winter. pack extra washer fluid too.

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    I put the top on, put the plow on, and make sure the heater works.

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