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Old 11-05-2004, 11:47 AM   #1
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I plan on preparing my car for winter.....i was thinking of heading to a local junkyard to maybe find some stock focus rims and tires, if im lucky that is......ne one else got some advice for preparing for winter...i dont wanna mess up my wheels




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You're on the right track. Take off your wheels. MAke sure all is well undernieth and maybe even change your coolant.
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Old 11-05-2004, 11:54 AM   #3
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Or you could get some steelies and put some winter tires on them.
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Old 11-05-2004, 11:57 AM   #4
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k thanks what do u thinnk this is going to cost me and what kinda coolant should i get...and should i change nething other fluids in the car?
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Old 11-05-2004, 12:14 PM   #5
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If you change the coolant, make sure you use the same kind. I don't know much about it, but There's Green and Yellow and maybe orange. I don't think they mix well...
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Old 11-05-2004, 01:55 PM   #6
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If you change the coolant, make sure you use the same kind. I don't know much about it, but There's Green and Yellow and maybe orange. I don't think they mix well...
Good point! Alot of people don't realize that there are different kinds of coolant in cars these days. GM has the dexcool, while Ford has a the general everyday green coolant, and the Premium Gold coolant. Not too sure about the orange though. I know it's out there, but don't know what vehicles they are in and if that is something they just started doing in the 04 and 05 models. Mine is an 03 with the Premium Gold. I've seen 02's though with the general green. Just pay attention to which one you have, and you'll be just fine. If you take it somewhere to have the coolant changed, the cost shouldn't be more than $75, even at a dealer. My honest opinion though, I didn't notice to see what year your car is, but if it has under 30k, and only 2 yrs old, I would say it would be just fine for this winter to leave it as is. You shouldn't have to change coolant no sooner than 50k and sometimes even people wait until around 75k.

I did want to ask though, this is the second time that I have seen someone post about getting there car ready for the winter and mentioning changing out the rims. Howcome you guys do this? Is the winter weather in general just hard on rims, or is it from the road salt that they use in the winter? I live in the South, so winter really isn't too much different than the summer as far as the precipitation goes, other than it being cooler of course. So I don't take any special precautions other than to make sure the coolant is up to par, and all the belts and hoses are good. Sorry to jack your thread for that question, but was just wondering out of curiousity.
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As far as rims go, winter creates harsher roads with all the added rain and salt. It makes potholes which are a no no for larger aftermarket rims. And in NY, i bet there gets some really good snow fall, so 14-15 inch steelies will help with traction and weight over the tires.

you car should be fine without a coolant change since its a 03. But the rims are a good idea espessially since ive heard horror stories about wheels in NY during even summer days.
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Try calling BAT or other Focus shops for wheels first, before going to the junk yards. They tend to want rediculous prices for wheels. I was looking for a pair of 15s, and the one place that could get me some wanted $125 each. If you ordered from BAT, I think it was around 200 dollars for a set of 4.
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Drive up north - you can get brand new steel rims at Canadian Tire for CND$45 a piece. And once you're there, get some Nordic winter tires for CND$60 a piece.

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Be sure and wash the underside of your car regularly. (get rid of the salt)
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