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All of a sudden everything has worn out. I live in colorado and it's been wicked cold. in the teens for highs. My questions are: Does cold weather cause this crap to happen to each.

1.) One cold morning 5:30am (-4 degrees F.) My car electronics lit up then went black and the eingine didn't even attempt to turn over. So I opened the hood and hit the battery in anger.... Then tried starting it agian then it barely started. Does hitting the battery do it? Mixes up the battery acid to have it do its job?

2.) My back struts when to hell they were good but now they are gone. does cold cause the rubber rings to freeze and leak like a sieve? They were leaky in summer too but they held their composure now they are 95% cooked.

3.) My speedometer is in need of some serious graphite cause it's having a hard time. I know how to fix it.......

4.) I have ran 7,000 miles on my current oil cuz it's too damn cold to change it.... Now it makes noises when I start it...:disappoin

5.) My car turned a birth day: 222,222 miles on it!!!!!!!!!
 

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Get your oil changed. Today. Cold or not. It's better to be cold than have a blown engine....

When it gets that cold, everything contracts. Alot. Like seals.
And electrical connections.

Have you made sure your bat terminals are tight?
 

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Here's the score man....

Aside from the abovementioned posts on all things contracting, you need to know a few things:

1) Dude, you live in CO. I live in Minnesota. It's cold where we live. Too cold for vehicles. Engines/Vehicle Electrical Systems/Batteries are simply not made to withstand our winters, especially at 222K miles.

2) In the time it will take you to read this response, you could already have your car jacked up, ready to change the oil in it. Man up dude. Surely you have a buddy or relative that can loan you the use of their garage for a short period of time. CHANGE YOUR OIL. Shame on you for neglecting your vehicle like that. I know we've all been there before, but cars with 222K miles on them don't make it to 230K when the oil isn't changed.

3) When you hit the battery, you most likely shook it a slight bit, which would have possibly been enough for your terminals to get a better contact, and thus get enough juice to start your car. Get a battery with around 600-650 cold cranking amps and clean your cables. You will notice a major difference. Your from CO man, you know it's going to get colder before it gets warmer. Quit messing around and drop the 50-60 bucks on a new battery. At the very least, it's one less thing to worry about for the next couple of years. Also, like one of the previous posts has mentioned, a new battery will take MAJOR stress off of your alternator.

So, in closing....Drop the dough on a battery. Clean your battery cables. Change your oil. Any other problems you have due to cold weather will be out of your control at that point, lest you load up the car and move to Phoenix or something.
 

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I changed my oil shortly after I posted this thread. I might as well cause the day I wrote this thread my dad nailed my car with his dodge 2500 diesel. The back tire caught my front left fender and dented it to hell. Being a collision specialist like myself. lol. Boy do fenders suck taking off of toyotas. I have taken a few off of some gm(s) and they are not difficult at all. I took a rubber hammer and a a few fender splints and poped the fender back out like it should. Bought some primer paint, super white auto paint and clear coat. And it looks awesome. And because the fenders suck to take off. I lifted the car on some ramps and changed the oil too.

Thanks you all for your help. In colorado it's been an especially cold two weeks in early december. But now on new years eve it's 60 degrees. lol. I took off my snow tires a week ago cause it's now unseasonably warm.
 

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The more miliage the car has the less important it is to change your oil. My boss had a oldsmobile that he called "the racecar". never changed his oil after 130,000 miles. just adds oil after the oil light comes on. It now has 265,000 miles with original engine and trans. In new cars it is important to change the oil cause when the engine is breaking in metal fileings mix in with the oil. On high miliage vehicles less fileings are created in the oil. Thanks anyways for your concern.
 

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your boss' olds doesn't need to change his oil because he burns it all off, or he has a leak. On high mileage vehicles that don't burn oil it is still important to change it and keep it from sludging up. You are correct tho, If your vehicle loses 3 quarts every 3 months and you have to add more, then you don't really need to worry about changing it...altho you should still change your filter every once in a while. But to each their own. I say if you take care of it, it'll take care of you, but not everyone has that philosophy
 

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you guys and your short warm winters down there :p -4 is t shirt weather here :)

just make sure your car is properly equipped for winter months, have the proper weight oil, anti freeze,power steering fluid, tranny fluid etc. get a good car battery like an Optima its worth the money in the long run and make sure all your connections are on right.

-4 really isnt cold enough to cause havok on a cars electrical system yet.

Bently,Audi,VW,Nissan/Infinity,BMW, Porsche etc do their cold weather testing up here :cool:
 

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If you find any problem with your car it should be repaired straight away if not they all add up, get worse and you complain about it later when it gets too much. Look after your car and it will apreciate your care and attention and you will enjoy your car so much more when it behaves and handles right. You will get a few more years out of it yet
 

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All of a sudden everything has worn out. I live in colorado and it's been wicked cold. in the teens for highs. My questions are: Does cold weather cause this crap to happen to each.

1.) One cold morning 5:30am (-4 degrees F.) My car electronics lit up then went black and the eingine didn't even attempt to turn over. So I opened the hood and hit the battery in anger.... Then tried starting it agian then it barely started. Does hitting the battery do it? Mixes up the battery acid to have it do its job?

2.) My back struts when to hell they were good but now they are gone. does cold cause the rubber rings to freeze and leak like a sieve? They were leaky in summer too but they held their composure now they are 95% cooked.

3.) My speedometer is in need of some serious graphite cause it's having a hard time. I know how to fix it.......

4.) I have ran 7,000 miles on my current oil cuz it's too damn cold to change it.... Now it makes noises when I start it...:disappoin

5.) My car turned a birth day: 222,222 miles on it!!!!!!!!!
OOH mannn, better you than me. i have had my fair share of cold weather motoring in Finland. i remember once the temperature got so low that the fuel in diesels turned into vaseline in the fuel pipes. once the Mercedes did not start so we chained it into a bus and towed it, the bloody rear wheels did not turn because the diff oil froze. yes, the shocks don't like cold, as a revenge they turn into bits of solid block of wood, your teeth fillings get tested. Now that i live in Australia, the temperature is so hot that you can't touch the steering wheel. you get the back of your thighs roasted if you sit on a leather seat. the engine sweats oil from every pore and takes 24 hours to cool down. no need for a block heater here. liquid cooled seats would be nice to reduce sweat rash in your butt.

the main difference driving in hot and cold is that in cold, you may not get the car started so you will be late from work. in hot your car will start but cooks itself after 30 mins of drving and leaves you far from home and you will be late from work. last week we had 117 F.
 
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