Its still winter, although spring is only a few days away. Been colder than usual, and as you know with cold there are always a few additional clunks, clanks, noises coming from any vehicle.
"Walter" is no exception making its contribution towards a few more sounds especially when starting on a brisk morning.
As you can imagine we are compiling our mental list for the upcoming spring inspection.
With cold weather the ticking valves until the engine warms up are more pronounced, and a few other sounds that go away ounce operating temperature is reached.
Its up to 149,000 kilometers...agreed still a way to reach 200K.
The car has been on a few road trips as well as the usual errands on surface streets. It starts, it warms up quickly, and runs very well under the present conditions. Obvious...there are new wiper blades, winter tires, regular fill ups of windshield washer fluid. There are benefits to a 7 liter winshsield washer container.
As you can see from the photo salt is used profusely to keep roads in driveable conditions.
The sensor on the rear axle is increasingly acting up, with a few lights blinking in the dash, we are waiting for warmer weather to do an update. When the sensor on the axle acts up it affects the ABS, ESP, SBC, and traction controls, its the joy of a car with all sorts of tehcnology.
As you know cold conditions are not ideal for any kind of fuel economy, whatever it is we simply gas up the car, on the highway it tends to use an additional liter to cover 100 kilometers.
On the list for "spring"
- The right rear axle.
- There is still a minor clunking sound from the front suspension.
- Oil change
- Check the rear suspension which drops down in cold temperatures.
The car does what its supposed to do, and does it very well under the present frigid conditions.