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Old 11-16-2010, 12:56 PM   #1
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Be sure to check your anti-freeze

The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a very cold winter.

It must be true because the squirrels are gathering NUTS.

Three of my neighbors have already disappeared.

I won't miss them.

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Old 11-16-2010, 01:21 PM   #2
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You guys have winter in California?

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Winter? California? cold? really?
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:00 PM   #4
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Sounds like someone drives over the San Bernadino Mtns into LA...
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:29 PM   #5
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The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a very cold winter.

It must be true because the squirrels are gathering NUTS.

Three of my neighbors have already disappeared.

I won't miss them.
That's good advice.
Might also check age, miles on and life expectancy. Some antifreeze is two year stuff (conventional green for example) and some is up to five years. Old antifreeze will test fine as far as freezing is concerned but its additive package (lubrication, anti-corrision, etc) may be long gone (depleted).
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The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a very cold winter.

It must be true because the squirrels are gathering NUTS.

Three of my neighbors have already disappeared.

I won't miss them.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:35 PM   #7
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Of course we have winter - it gets very cold here. Sometimes it even gets way down to the low fifty's.
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:21 PM   #8
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Of course we have winter - it gets very cold here. Sometimes it even gets way down to the low fifty's.

LOL low 50's? Come to my place. I live on the shores of Lake Erie here in Ohio. You wouldn't believe the winds that come off the lake here in the winter. BRUTAL!!!! Plus we get Lake effect snow. Not fun.
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Or try living in North Dakota where the temp get down to -30 below 0 and somedays doesn't even get above -10 below 0. Now this is cold temps.
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Many years ago I made a choice - endure or stay relatively warm.
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Chicago you can look outside in th dead of winter see grass and the sun is out big bright blue sky. Looks like it should be 75-80 out NOPE walk out and it is 0 with a wind chill in the negative 50's lol
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Or try living in North Dakota where the temp get down to -30 below 0 and somedays doesn't even get above -10 below 0. Now this is cold temps.
sucks for you.
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Many years ago I made a choice - endure or stay relatively warm.
lol you worry about antifreeze in a 50F winter? Im worried about switching to 5W30 cuz current 10W30 is not recommended for below 0F usage.
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lol you worry about antifreeze in a 50F winter? Im worried about switching to 5W30 cuz current 10W30 is not recommended for below 0F usage.
I have some 5W-30 on hand for the winter but have been thinking of switching from 10W-30 conventional to 10W-30 full synthetic instead. Better flowability at low temperature, so they say.

Funny thing about motor oil and cold weather use. The Chrysler 4.0L V6 specifies 10W-30 for all season use. It list no options. Go figure. If it's good for that motor, it should be good for the 4.0L inline Jeep, one would think.

Antifreeze wears out as to its additive package, not its below freezing protection abilities, so that would be a concern where warm breezes blow in the winter. The seasonal contrasts provide lots of variety.

Lots of faint hearted people here head south for the winter. I tend to head north where the skiing is better, especially during the months of March and April when it starts waming up locally. Definitely not a hot weather person.
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50 degrees??? That's like a winter heat wave here. Doesn't it have to freeze for you to worry about AntiFREEZE?
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I'm personally more worried about my tires, ha
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:38 AM   #17
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My original post was really meant to be a joke - Nuts, squirrels, neighbors, etc.

Yes it gets cold here. It usually just gets down to 25-30 or so at night, occasionally hitting 0. We do get a tad of snow here once or twice a year in the hi-desert, but it usually only lasts a few hours.

But the suggestions about anti freeze getting stale and oil are good reminders to prepare.


Any time it gets below 80 my neighbors (those that are left) complain about the noise (my teeth chattering from the cold.)

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