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Question FROZEN!! PT Cruisers and sub-zero weather...

OK, here in Canada we have an Arctic system moving down for the next week or two. 5 F days and -8F nights here in WESTERN Canada.
My fiancee in EASTERN Canada is getting -22F days and -40F nights for the same period.

Right now she has two cars dead and frozen in her driveway there (a recent BMW mini, and a recent Nissan Rogue). Plugging them in didn't help.

I have had good luck with the PT here - we normally only get a week of the -8F weather every couple of years, and I plug in the block heater at my office parking lot when that weather comes on. (and luckily it lives in a garage at home).

I will be moving east in a few months, (just bought a house there) but will have no garage there for the next year or two (till we can afford to build one!).

Just wondering if there are any PT members around who live in the mountains, or in the 'frostier' regions, who can offer any advice and experiences in dealing with large blocks of subzero weather. Gonna be right on the border of Minnesota... wondering what I can do for extra-WINTERIZING my favorite little car!
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OK, here in Canada we have an Arctic system moving down for the next week or two. 5 F days and -8F nights here in WESTERN Canada.
My fiancee in EASTERN Canada is getting -22F days and -40F nights for the same period.

Right now she has two cars dead and frozen in her driveway there (a recent BMW mini, and a recent Nissan Rogue). Plugging them in didn't help.

I have had good luck with the PT here - we normally only get a week of the -8F weather every couple of years, and I plug in the block heater at my office parking lot when that weather comes on. (and luckily it lives in a garage at home).

I will be moving east in a few months, (just bought a house there) but will have no garage there for the next year or two (till we can afford to build one!).

Just wondering if there are any PT members around who live in the mountains, or in the 'frostier' regions, who can offer any advice and experiences in dealing with large blocks of subzero weather. Gonna be right on the border of Minnesota... wondering what I can do for extra-WINTERIZING my favorite little car!
Hi ! I have some tips!
Wipe all your door seal strips with WD40 silicone specialist spray this will repel frost and prevent the doors from getting stuck.
When Hard ice packs around the door frame, make yourself an ice melting spray bottle. Buy a gallon of methanol and pour into a trigger spray bottle. THe melting point of methanol is below water's freezing point, and once contact with ice it will instantly melt. Aim the spray anywhere you want to defreeze.
Keep a battery tender Jr. installed and plugged in to your battery. If your battery is too old, it won't have enough juice to crank the engine.
Keep the engine block heater plugged in after you park your car.
Replace your engine oils with the 0W equivalents, for cold weather.


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It's hard to believe a car with a block heater won't start. If not starting it's probably not from the cold. My 35 year old diesel with a 13 year old battery always starts with the block heater plugged in for an hour. Knock on wood... To plow snow. If the car sits unused a long time a cheap wall wart battery maintainer works fine. Wisconsin
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