Lushcrush wrote:PackerAttack84 wrote:The low as -16 degrees last night, not to mention the wind chill. It's alright though, Thursday we had a SNOW DAY!
Just wondering ... what does it take to keep a car running in this kind of weather?
Do you have to have block heaters? What kind of oil do you use? Do the road crews use lots of salt? How long before your car starts to rust out up there? Does anybody use tire chains anymore?
It's an absolute bitch to start a car in -16 degree weather, but usually a block warmer isn't required until you dip down to -30 below.
Oil is oil until you get into sub-arctic temperatures, and then I don't know. 10W30SAE is what I use in my car in all kinds of weather. Maybe in Alaska or northern Canada they use different stuff?
The road crews use a LOT of salt. It's a mix of salt, calcium chloride and sand, usually. It makes an awful mess of the road, but you can drive on it. Most cars in the northern climes are treated with underbody rust inhibitors, but you also have to wash that stuff off a couple of times per winter or it will start to wreck the metal. Of course most body parts of the car are aluminum or fiberglass now, so the bodywork doesn't get too messed up by the salt.