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View Poll Results: What is your #1 Fall maintenance priority?
Battery and charging system, check/service 8 29.63%
Coolant check/service/flush 4 14.81%
Tires (evaluate/service/mount snows) 5 18.52%
Fluid and filter changes 3 11.11%
Brake system and suspension check/service 1 3.70%
Exterior and interior (wax/prep for winter) 5 18.52%
Change the air freshner, weather is not an issue here 1 3.70%
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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-12-2015, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Poll of the week: Fall maintenance prority

With more comfortable outdoor working temperatures arriving and Winter coming Fall is often the biggest maintenance season for most of us. Keeping in mind that many of us do all of the things listed and more besides, what is #1 on your annual Fall maintenance list? Please focus on maintenance rather than necessary repairs.

Since many of the folks that visit are relatively new to the Bull, or car maintenance in general, please note below any top priority you have that I may have failed to list. Also feel free to discuss seasonal maintenance in general

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I'm planning on escaping the last two weeks of December back to my desert paradise (land of the sane), so I think I'll avoid the worst of it.

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I neglected to make it a 'public' poll please post what you selected


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While there are a bunch of things that always get checked before the winter hell we deal with in the NE....... most important, to me, is making sure your battery and charging system is in full working, good serviceable order. There's nothing worse than getting in your nicely cleaned and polished car...... just to find out that it's stone dead and won't start because you've been putting off replacing that battery for years and now you are stuck at work in the middle of a snowstorm.

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I like to make sure I have the "winter" emergency kit ready as the distances between destinations is far in Idaho.


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Ive been preparing since july, lol. New battery and alternator already in the car, so im focusing on exterior preparation at this point. Greased all latches and locks recently as well. The last repair im doing before the cold is replacing the A/C compressor. Gotta have that defrost, lel.
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With the exception of the cooling system, that's a spring service here, the 'fleet' gets all of the above but the charging system is always #1 with a bullet. In addition to checking the charging system, cables and connections I won't let any of the vehicles enter a northern New England winter with a 3.5+ year old battery, it's not worth the risk. Most of the snow tires are studded. Though they can be put on as soon as 10/01 I usually wait until after Thanksgiving so the studs don't get worn down prematurely. We usually get snow well before that but not in such sufficient or lasting amounts that the studs are needed.

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Temps here have gotten to -40F for the past few years. If your battery and charging system isn't in good shape, you WILL find out. Nothing like trying to replace a battery in a parking lot, at night, in -40 temps. Ask me how I know.

Also, gotta make sure the oil is thin enough. Not really a problem with the Sable, but 2 years ago I didn't swap weights during the winter and the oil in my truck (sbc) was solid during the worst cold snap.

Tires need to be in good shape. Ice skating is no fun on back roads or the interstate.

Heater core needs to be in good shape and coolant topped off, along with the "defrost" setting actually working.

Anything that looks like it might not last til spring and I have the money to do before it's cold, I do. Working on cars in arctic temps sucks.
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Tires, for me.

Batteries should all be in good shape, and the Bull just got a nice Quick Lane inspection with not so much as a yellow let alone red flag. Colder temps just make an even better case for battery and snow tires...

Great poll idea, Mark.

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Just a hand wash and wax. I've had my oem rubber mats in the SHO since the first rains so that should keep the SHO mats from getting ruined.

The SEL needs some waterproofing before december, but otherwise I don't see much of anything that needs to be done this winter

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