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Re: Eurolocks and foul weather
Dan Simoes wrote:
> > A trick which is used in Russia in the winter to fight a frozen door lock:
> > Heat up the cigarette lighter, firmly push it up against the keyhole, insert
> > and turn the key QUICKLY :)
> You guys must leave the windows open then, or you have external
> lighters :) (think about it)
No, we ask a friendly gearhead passer-by to lend us a lighter.
Incidently while we are on the subject.
In January and February if I happened to leave the car overnight outside on the
street I normally won't even bother to try to start it up in the morning (at -35
to -40°C). I would catch a cab out on the street, jumper cables in hand.
For 2 rubles he would give me a jump start; everybody's happy :)
Here's yet another trick from the Country that the rest of the world somehow
perceives as one_gigantic_Siberia: in the evening, right before you shut the
engine off, pour a glass (200ml) of gasoline in the cranckcase and let it idle
for ~30 sec.
In the morning the engine would start much easier coz gasoline has kept the oil
dilluted to a less viscous state. Within minutes of driving the gasoline vapor
would have burned out in the carb through the recirculating sys and the oil
would get back to the spec. Worked well at mild temperatures (down to -20°C).
Of course I am talking here about Russia circa mid eighties. The syntoils were
unheard of back then. Some braveheads ventured into building the *TENs* (the
spiral type ~220v heating elements, commonly found in electric tea kettles) into
the oil pan. They worked like a dream. The car equipped like this would sport a
standard ~220v plug with a cable in the front grille.
In Canada I saw a lot of cars, outfitted with such devices.
Yet one more funny story. I once owned an ancient 2L 45hp '57 car that had a
3-sp gear box, with straight cut non-syncronised gears and with the shifter on
the steering column. BTW, if you haven't mastered the art of double clutching
you're ain't gonna get no gears changed on that car :)
That car had a watercooled engine. In the winter my buddies would laugh at me
when I would drain the water out of the system every evening before parking the
The following morning I would laugh at them while watching them trying to start
their engines, running with cabls around cars etc.
I would just pour a bucket of hot water in the cooling sys and my car would
start right up from a quarter-turn. I would then jump start their cars, filled
with pure 100% antifreeze.
'89 200TQ - 18psi (TAP)
'98 A4TQ - on order...again. For the third time and counting.