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  • StephenL
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    Reading this prompted me to take my car to the main dealers for an antifreeze check, just to make sure.

    I had no appointment, but they checked it for me within minutes free of charge. Luckily my '07 Honda CRV is protected down to -31c. Should be alright tonight then!

    Originally posted by Ian View Post
    Our 'new' (07) Mazda 6 threw its serpentine (ancillary) belt yesterday morning when I tried to start it - looks like the water pump was frozen.

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  • Gazza_DJ
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    I have no pictures right now, I am at home and my desktop is at uni! Will have a look when I get back to uni in Jan.

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  • shenstone
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    Originally posted by Gazza_DJ View Post
    Good news everyone - I didnt die!
    Excellent .. good to hear that you will be around for the Picture of the Year 2010 (Hint!)

    Regards
    Andy

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  • Gazza_DJ
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    Originally posted by Gazza_DJ View Post
    Nothing wrong with the G11 - its a fantastic camera.

    Well, tomorrow I am driving 200 miles across the country in a mid engined car with T1R's round the wheels. I shall try to not die.
    Good news everyone - I didnt die!

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  • jonesy
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    As a couple of people have mentioned, theres nothing but frost (-10C our thermometer read this morning)
    I went to Skegness to visit my mum over the weekend, keeping my fingers crossed that we didnt get snow over there, fortunately they had less than 1", so the roads werent too bad.

    The weather reports seem to change hour by hour as to whether we will get snow here in Nottingham overnight... I hope we dont.

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  • Ian
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    Originally posted by tomke View Post
    The whole of the Netherlands is covered with a lot of snow varying from 5 to 30 cm. (Sorry, not familiar with counting in inches ), which caused severe problems everywhere, but here in the north (north west)..... nothing at all. Everytime the weather forecast predicts heavy snowfall, but the clouds do not drop anything here. It just freezes a lot, -11 now. This is very good for the condition of the ice in the canals and lakes. When this continues, perhaps we will have a new "Elfstedentocht" - a skating race through the eleven cities (places with city rights) in Friesland of about 200 km. The last one was in 1997 and it would be great to have another one. In the last hundred years there have been 12 of 13 of these races and sometimes just a few of the thousands of people participating arrive at the finish line. So I hope it will continue to freeze continue and please please please no snow!
    No problem - 30cm is roughly a foot, or 12 inches

    Ian

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  • Ann1e
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    Cold

    Although we live in Hertfordshire, we are on the Buckinghamshire border and Chesham (where, incidentally, we used to live) had the lowest recorded temperature in the UK over Saturday/Sunday -

    'A temperature of -19.6C was recorded at Chesham between Saturday night and Sunday morning, the Met Office said.'

    This is probably about three miles from us as the crow flies!

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    Ann1e

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  • Ian
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    Our 'new' (07) Mazda 6 threw its serpentine (ancillary) belt yesterday morning when I tried to start it - looks like the water pump was frozen. No problems at all during the cold snaps since we have had it, so this problem is a bit of a surprise and very depressing after all the other problems we've had with cars this year.

    And I couldn't get the other car home on Saturday afternoon and had to lug all the shopping (and a 10kg bag of house coal) up the hill home

    Ian

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  • snaarman
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    Originally posted by gno View Post
    Mmm I bet there's a story there!

    Regards

    Gavin

    Yers..

    I developed more confidence with each mile. So far so good... so far so good :-)

    Then Saturday night, about -4 deg I turned carefully left from one untreated road onto another one. The socks on the front did their job. The rear unsocked tyres went walkabout. I caught the slide and straightened us up, but it was a reminder how little grip there actually was.

    Long time since I lost the back of a front wheel drive car at just over walking pace :-)

    Pete

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    Originally posted by snaarman View Post
    I spent the weekend around Newbury on untreated roads with car on Autosocks without (much) incident.


    Mmm I bet there's a story there!

    Regards

    Gavin

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    Just ordered some Autosocks....at least I'll be prepared for the next lot of bad weather, even if I can't get out and about at the moment!

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  • PaulE
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    Originally posted by shenstone View Post
    The trouble is most people don't understand the difference between 4x4 power and difflock. with difflock you don't have the problem you outline (well it's much reduced) and one good gripping wheel can make the difference. However many modern 4x4 cars don't have difflock.

    4wd does spread the power so makes any sliding more predictable if like mine your car is RWD when in 2WD

    I've so far engaged 4wd about 1/2 a dozen times this year and only once gone into low ratio/difflock and that was to get around a stuck car. I've not used my snow chains at all yet.

    As has been said it's not just about tools it's about training and experience

    Regards
    Andy
    Even with locked diffs you actually only even have 2 wheels driving - one wheel on each axle and in theory the only time you have all 4 wheels driving would be when all 4 wheels have exactly the same amount of grip - which is only likely on a flat, level and even road surface - exactly when you shouldn't be using 4 wheel drive. Unless of course you have some fancy cross axel diff locks - which are a very specialist modification and to my knowledge is not standard on any 4x4 in production.

    That said the difference that one extra wheel turning on the front axel makes is incredible especially with the right tyre on. I think the biggest problem with 4 wheel drives are the idiots behind the wheel who don't realise that they are just as useless at stopping on snow and ice as any other vehicle on the road if you touch the brakes. Engine braking is of course alot easier in a proper 4x4 - which is designed to do but the toy 4x4s I've seen behave like a car and run away on you.

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  • shenstone
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    Originally posted by Nick Temple-Fry View Post
    Unfortunately people don't understand 4x4 and think it does something magical. Yes - it will pick you out of loose snow/mud etc when other vehicles wont, but if either the front or back wheels are both on ice then the front/back will slide, though given space you may have better chance to recover. But if there is no grip, then there is no grip regardless of the number of wheels turning.

    Actually it's like cameras - having a good camera does not make you a good photographer, so a good car for rough conditions does not necessarily make a good driver for those conditions.

    Nick
    The trouble is most people don't understand the difference between 4x4 power and difflock. with difflock you don't have the problem you outline (well it's much reduced) and one good gripping wheel can make the difference. However many modern 4x4 cars don't have difflock.

    4wd does spread the power so makes any sliding more predictable if like mine your car is RWD when in 2WD

    I've so far engaged 4wd about 1/2 a dozen times this year and only once gone into low ratio/difflock and that was to get around a stuck car. I've not used my snow chains at all yet.

    As has been said it's not just about tools it's about training and experience

    Regards
    Andy

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  • snaarman
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    I spent the weekend around Newbury on untreated roads with car on Autosocks without (much) incident. However I took them off last night, confident of a thaw, because you shouldn't go over 30mph and they are best kept off tarmac.

    End result, it took me 20 minutes to reverse upwards off my drive this morning

    Pete

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    -10 here last night. My other half managed to get all the way to the train station and then couldn't get his car up the hill into their carpark. More heavy snow forcast for this evening.

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