It's that time again. I'm hoping I don't forget any parts this year. I
took care of the car (flushed radiatior, refilled with new antifreeze). I
know we need to check all caulking around the house (next weekend). Also
drag out the space heaters for the garage and sunroom.
What else do the rest of you do?
Well, here in these parts of the UK, the central heating has not been used
for many months and tend to sieze up over the summer. Need to check mine and
probably have to manually "give it a kick" to get it going.
I need parka and snow boots, LOL! My AC is all cleaned and covered up.
Furnace is tuned, humidifier is cleaned and turned on, air cleaner
element is cleaned and checked, Stored and covered outdoor furnitures,
blew out the sprinkler, turned off all out door taps, time to wash our
dog and bring him inside during night time........ Time to set up 'mas
deco. B4 it gets too cold. Of course checked car cooling and charging
system and battery. Swap out summer tires with winter tires.(easy, we
have two sets of mounted tires)
The car is three years old so I may do the antifreeze, but then again, I may
not. I've often gone five+ years with the newer stuff, unlike the 50's and
The heat has already been on this year so I know it is working, put new
batteries in one of the thermostats.
Soon though, I'll be washing windows and putting the screens up and storm
window down, kitchen and bathroom are last for that.
The snowblower gets pulled to the front of the garage, the lawnmower to the
My Hyundai manual says 60k miles, but I've done that in less than 3 years.
For most people it is 5 or so. My LeSabre has the original at 9 years and
125k. The car is deteriorating in other areas, but not the cooling system.
It is also the last Buick I'll ever own.
Heh. The water pump on my previous company car - an '05 Impala - failed
before I ever even thought it might be time to have the antifreeze
changed. I guess that was the antifreeze maintenance reminder. Kinda
sucked; it started spewing coolant while dropping the girl off at the
airport, had to stop and buy some bottled water just to make it home.
Hopefully the water pumps on the new 3.5 engines are more reliable than
the ones on the old POS 3.4... I actually kinda like the new one, was
thinking of buying it out when the lease is up if it's still in good shape.
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3.5, 3.4L. Crumbs never had anything larger than 2L. and see no reason to
have one that could guzzle fuel at such a rate.
Ahh, but hang on, my father has an MG with a 3.5L from Detroit and my
sister used to use a Sunbeam with a 5.7l from Detroit.
I'm not normally the kind of guy that makes blanket statements telling
people to disregard the manual... but when a manual tells you that a
fluid never needs to be changed, it's wrong.
That said, 5 years on a closed system with modern OAT antifreeze is
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On Sat, 03 Oct 2009 13:26:02 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
I don't have an original article. But a DAGS link.
Check for electrolysis
Take a digital volt meter and connect the negative lead to battery
ground and place the positive lead in the coolant in the radiator (do
not touch any metal), you should not show voltage over 0.01V, if you
do then change the coolant and try again.
Now run the motor with no accessories on and the engine runnign at
2000rpm, if you show voltage above 0.03v then you have a system
leaking electricity into the coolant. Run the engine with all
accessories on and watch the voltmeter as an assistant turns off the
accessories one at a time, when the voltage drops below 0.01v you have
found the circuit with a poor ground. Do the same test while cranking
the starter, a poorly grounded starter can destroy the radiator and or
heater core in a matter of weeks.
Here is a bit from an industry newsletter about coolant:
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