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Old 12-07-2013, 02:25 PM   #31
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Back in the dark ages - mid 60s- I lived in a town north of Montreal. One very cold morhing I came out to start my VW, which, having a block heater, fired right up. But it wouldn't go anywhere since the grease in the axels had frozen solid!

Moved to Miami shortly thereafter....
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Old 12-07-2013, 04:12 PM   #32
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We should all be extremely thankful for global warming, or these winter temperatures would really be cold. Don't ask me what I really think about AGW.
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:12 PM   #33
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Actually, it is the global warming that is causing colder weather!!
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:28 PM   #34
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100% Synthetic 0-20 Mobile 1 is my friend here in Banff this winter. Very low pour & pump point and easy on fuel too
-36c/-32f here the other morning. 09 Ford Escape fired up on first try (not plugged in)
Good point - synthetics (even of the same viscosity grade) thicken must less at low temperatures, making cranking easier and flowing better for lubrication. I have used only synthetics for so long I forgot to mention it. Many vehicles now come stock from the factory with synthetic engine oil.

Once started, the next challenge with a manual transmission is to shift gears. On the coldest days, just letting the clutch pedal up in neutral in my first car would stall the engine if it had just been started. The first couple of shifts once moving were like stirring molasses. I switched to synthetic gear oil and that helps a lot. Even at more moderate temperatures, it's still an improvement.

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Also, seeing engine heating plugs for long term parking at Edmonton Airport was unexpected!
I haven't used them, but it would be helpful sometimes. The airport (and other parking businesses around the airport) offer a free boosting service for those who get back to find their car won't crank fast or long enough to start. One of them even brings your car inside and gets it warm and ready for you - more expensive service than I use!

I first saw outlets in parking lots in the Muskoka area of Ontario... south of anything in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or the territories, but still colder than southern Ontario.

It's up to -20C here today; I think I'll take the dog out to the off-leash park tomorrow.
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:41 AM   #35
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Our dog Jasper goes out for an hour run every day, no matter what the weather, looking forward to it every time. I just bundle up as required, and follow along. Hard to stop my eyelids from freezing shut a couple days early last week.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:59 AM   #36
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Our dog gets his walk every morning, but not an hour, and I've lived that freezing face experience. The off-leash park is a longer walk, and more of a social event. Should be lots of people and dogs there today... it's only -19C now, and it might be a bit warmer this afternoon.
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:07 PM   #37
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Looking at a balmy -13°C right now, with glorious sunshine. Just about to head out for our walk. Will be meeting up with my SIL and her dog. We are real lucky to live minutes away from Nose Hill Park, Canada's largest Municipal Park. Right from my back yard onto a green strip, I have only to cross one road on our way there. The dogs love pretending to be great vole hunters up there, bounding through the grass and snow.
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:01 PM   #38
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Well, we lost the sun, the temps dropped a bit, but there was next to no wind. A great walk, and a good day to live in Calgary.
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Well, we lost the sun, the temps dropped a bit, but there was next to no wind. A great walk, and a good day to live in Calgary.
Oh ....burrrrrr!!
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Oh ....burrrrrr!!
Shoulda come out for a walk up Nose Hill, Gabi. We were sweating by the time we got to the top, carrying our gloves.

If you don't embrace it and enjoy, then winter can be no fun at all. Not that I don't look forward to retiring, and Escaping a bit more.
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