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    Winter is coming, any tips or tricks?

    As were due for a nice chilly stint, -14C in the next few weeks is rumoured!

    Other than parking it in the stupidly small garage
    Any tips for keeping ice off, or clearing it off quickly etc?
    Maybe a 12V heater? or something else.

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    You should be fine if you have a garage to keep it in
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    Everyone loves a comedian, so if you see one can you send him this way :P

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    a big sheet o plastic over the windows. or build a bigger garage!

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    drive slow !!!!!

    check tyres

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    If its safe, leave the car running for 10 min before you set off.

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    Don't leave a car idleing form cold: idleing puts much higher stresses on a car than "normal" driving, plus it wastes fuel - clear the windows, get in, start up and drive off straight away.

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    But if you put a block of wood on the throttle to raise the revs a bit? the engine will warm up quicker

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    And the point of that would just be to waste more fuel, and we all moan about the silly price of it.

    Also the gearbox, tyres, wheels bearings, CV joints etcv etc would still be cold - they need to get warmed up too, and the best way to do the whole lot in one fell swoop is to drive it.

    This "warming the engine up" is the biggest myth in motoring, and usually perpetuated by those who don't now any better - no disrespect intended

    ...and one of the best tips is to leave your car so you can drive straight off in the morning without the need to reverse it out the driveway or whatever.

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    Don't run on biodiesel - it gels at -2C.

    Tesco's City Diesel for the next few months for me...
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