The usual winter faults

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The usual winter faults

Postby thedupleman » Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:40 am

Every year we get a load of questions on the same things from panicked owners.Here's a few(and please add a few more) that will help

BANGING OR GRINDING FROM BRAKES

Usually described as "gravel under the brakes,brakes grabbing etc"
This is your ABS doing exactly what its programmed to do.But since it doesnt understand whats up with ice it leads to an incredibly strange sensation of something grinding under the brakes.Its not broken or damaged,its just doing what it should.LEAVE IT ALONE.

SUSPENSION BANGING

is usually just a build up of snow.If you got mudguards have a look if tons of snow has built up between the wheel.remove with hot water


HANDBRAKE STUCK ON

can be cured with hot water,however it will only freeze again.Since the coupe seems prone to freezing on your better in severe cold leaving your handbrake off.If it does freeze on hot water on back wheels will release it normally

FROZEN WASHER JETS

This is an obvious one.But if its obviously cold you shouldnt try your washers.Hyundai notoriously use plastic parts in the washer motor and when its cold these tend to strip very easily leaving you with none working washer jets when it thaws.Easier not to use

CENTRAL LOCKING

The notorious actuators have a bad habit of playing up in cold weather,as soon as you shut your door they lock so its a bad idea to leave keys in car to defrost.if you must do it leave window open enough to get keys out.People panic into buying new actuators but usually not needed
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby thedupleman » Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:46 am

"MY BACK WINDOWS FALLING OUT"

Yes the really annoying banging rattle from the back end.FOR THE FINAL TIME-its not your window falling out or your door bolts snapped.Its ice on the spoiler flexing or the spoiler flexing on the bolts.99pc of these noises are spoiler related
Cure-turn the radio up,it'll go away.

ELECTRIC WINDOWS

being frameless these have a habit of freezing solid.Dont try and open them when frozen thats a good way of burning the motor out.

REAR/FRONT WIPERS

If its stuck to the screen it will shred the spindle.Please ensure they are free brefore you use them(eg try to remove from screen)if not ensure you release before attempting to use-unless you want wipers that damage paint and point south

ELECTRIC ARIELS

These die easily in this weather.not the easiest thing to check,but may be worth a squirt of de-icer

CAI/SRI RATTLE

In cold weather CAI/SRI may well rattle quite loudly when the engine starts as they take a big breath-dont worry the noise will soon go
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby Samurai-X-V1 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:54 am

great post, deffinately worthy of a sticky.
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby thedupleman » Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:55 am

DOOR SEALS

Its very easy to rip these in cold weather by pulling the door too hard.Ensure the door can be opened without fighting the seal too much as door seals are expensive and will soon get noisy/leaky when ripped

DOOR HANDLES

Door handles have a habit of breaking in this weather.you must be careful with them use some warm water on them.

DOOR LOCKS

Door locks benefit from WD40 in a regular application.This will discourage freezing.

FUEL DOOR

When your fuel door freezes you cannot put fuel in the car.....very difficult.Ensure you free the fuel flap before you go for fuel but the ring with the door stop wire also has a habit of freezing.Easier to release cap before going for fuel to save forcing on a petrol station or looking daft
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby thedupleman » Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:02 pm

A DAFT ONE BUT SENSIBLE.....

Every time you open the coupe door because of how the roof is shaped snow will fall straight in on your drivers seat leaving wet bum syndrome.........remove the snow above your door to prevent this syndrome

BOOT DOOR

The hatch will rarely release on the switch in cold weather.better to use the key in the hatch when its frozen or risk the thing coming open when the ice breaks going down the road

THE OLD MANS TALE-THATS HELPFUL

Shift solid snow and ice off your front grill.Airflow to your engine is still important

BEST ADVICE.GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING TO ENSURE YOU CAN GET YOUR CAR READY FOR YOUR JOURNEY.10 MINS EXTRA IN BED IS NOT WORTH THE AGONY OF DAMAGING YOUR COUPE
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby Jackveccy » Sat Dec 25, 2010 1:32 pm

BEST ADVICE.GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING TO ENSURE YOU CAN GET YOUR CAR READY FOR YOUR JOURNEY.10 MINS EXTRA IN BED IS NOT WORTH THE AGONY OF DAMAGING YOUR COUPE

Or cheap and nasty Vectra :D
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby paul896 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:03 pm

frozen filler cap happened me on Christmas Eve......morto!!!
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby Loque » Sun Dec 26, 2010 12:29 am

Jackveccy wrote:BEST ADVICE.GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING TO ENSURE YOU CAN GET YOUR CAR READY FOR YOUR JOURNEY.10 MINS EXTRA IN BED IS NOT WORTH THE AGONY OF DAMAGING YOUR COUPE

Or cheap and nasty Vectra :D

Meh, that breaks weekly of its own accord anyways.
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby naughtynibbles » Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:00 am

clear all snow from your car before moving off. the risk of damaging your spoiler or worse another car isnt worth it.
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby thedupleman » Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:36 am

Loque wrote:
Jackveccy wrote:BEST ADVICE.GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING TO ENSURE YOU CAN GET YOUR CAR READY FOR YOUR JOURNEY.10 MINS EXTRA IN BED IS NOT WORTH THE AGONY OF DAMAGING YOUR COUPE

Or cheap and nasty Vectra :D

Meh, that breaks weekly of its own accord anyways.


i suspect that may not have been the original quote :evil:
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby jacquiamber » Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:01 pm

What about in the heat?

My dashboard plastic has cracked from the heat :(
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby thedupleman » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:17 pm

well you are in a slightly different situation lol
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby paul896 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:26 pm

ill swap ya!!!! thats a nice problem! we have no water cos it froze and burst the pipes :(
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby thedupleman » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:38 pm

thats the trouble with hot places though paul you soon tire of them.we all complain about the rain,etc but really we are quite balanced climate wise here
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby paul896 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:02 pm

i think i prefer the heat tho, the cold just gets into ur bones
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby jacquiamber » Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:48 am

I would kill to try driving around a frozen carpark with a handbrake... At least it wouldnt damage the tyres.

But the heat... You dont see a coupe round here very often, so i cant get the new dashboard piece. And it looks all derro being cracked :(

And the steering wheel has started deteriorating. Sun damage on roof, bonnet and spoiler.
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby Joff » Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:56 am

I have to disagree.

I starting spinning round the car park at work the first night it snowed, and I'm sure it didn't do my tyres any good. Opposite lock on a FWD is an interesting concept
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby Loque » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:39 pm

Joff wrote:I have to disagree.

I starting spinning round the car park at work the first night it snowed, and I'm sure it didn't do my tyres any good. Opposite lock on a FWD is an interesting concept

Quite recently I blew about £20 in one evening tying my arms in knots giving the Coupe some oppo. My rears are made of plastic anyway, so I don't care :D

jacquiamber wrote:I would kill to try driving around a frozen carpark with a handbrake... At least it wouldnt damage the tyres.

But the heat... You dont see a coupe round here very often, so i cant get the new dashboard piece. And it looks all derro being cracked :(

And the steering wheel has started deteriorating. Sun damage on roof, bonnet and spoiler.


Maybe it'd be alright once in a while, but trust me you wouldn't believe what the cold does to our roads over here. They get absolutely ravaged. I'd happily never see another snowflake, hell - I'd never pull another handbrake - if it meant I had the pleasure of driving on billiard smooth tarmac for the rest of my days.
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby trismotteram » Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:41 am

Door seals:
Mine ripped 3 winters ago and every freeze since! You can kind of get them back on by playing with the 'hooks' a little. I plan to silicone them back on as new seals are about £140+!

Fuel filler door:
Mine sometimes sticks in normal weather. What I do is wedge something under the lever (my phone is a good size apparently) then jam a key between the filler door and prise it open, no worries. Just remember to take the thing you wedged the lever up with before you try to close it or you will get annoyed with your filler door that "won't shut for some reason!"


I don't have as many freezing issues anymore as my Clifford alarm has a remote start. I set the climate control to max heat, low power, on the windscreen and heated screen on before I lock the car. In the mornign I press a button and, 10 minutes later, my car is warm and my screen and windows are clear.
My door seal sometimes still gives me issues so I take a can of de-icer (with a directional straw thing), open the door up to the point the seal begins to stick and give it some blasts along the seal. Wait a minute and try again (repeating if necessary). :D
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby thedupleman » Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:44 pm

Tris is correct but just remember don't tip boiling water over door seals or else your looking at broken glass
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby trismotteram » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:04 pm

thedupleman wrote:Tris is correct but just remember don't tip boiling water over door seals or else your looking at broken glass



Or boiling water on any piece of glass on the car. Windscreens are the easiest to shatter like this as they get a lot of small chips that act as weak-spots dotted all over it lol.
The door seals I have issues with are the bottom ones underneath the door - freezing to the sills
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby simoncoop » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:49 am

My door seals are freezing to the metal coupe floor plate. Would smearing vaseline on the metal plate fix this problem?
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby Ako89 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:16 am

simoncoop wrote:My door seals are freezing to the metal coupe floor plate. Would smearing vaseline on the metal plate fix this problem?


So I've heard today, yes it will.
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby trismotteram » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:27 am

Mine do it all the time, they're all torn from the door. I thought of vaseline but I reckon I'm going to be a cheapskate and try margarine lol
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Re: The usual winter faults

Postby thedupleman » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:48 pm

trismotteram wrote:. I thought of vaseline but I reckon I'm going to be a cheapskate and try margarine lol


:shock: are we thinking about same thing here lol
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