Preperations for alpine conditions

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 21:09
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Gooday, what engine preperations should i undergo before spending a winter in the alpine, perisher area. I have a gq patrol t.d and run 20/50 valvoline egine oil is this grade o.k? I assume i need anti freeze coolant for the radiator? I'll be getting chains. Anything else? Andrew
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Reply By: RICK - Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 21:58

Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 21:58
It doen't really get that cold up there. Antifreeze is a must and snow chains are helpful if you are going to be driving off main roads especially if you have road tyres. The cold weather shouldn't worry the oil. In extreme cases i have herd of diesel thiking up in petrol tank's overnight but with the tempreatures in perisher and i guess overnight parking will be done in Jindabyne or similar the overnight low tempreature rarely reaches below -5 and so this should't worry the patrol at all.

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Follow Up By: Truckster - Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 00:18

Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 00:18
Make sure you get 'alpine' diesel... it has more crap in it to stop it freezing...

Good Coolant will make a difference.

Maybe call Cooma Diesel for some ideas?
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Reply By: Groove - Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 10:45

Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 10:45
Dont forget chains go on the front wheels
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Follow Up By: Thommo - Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 17:23

Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 17:23
Please note,
It is best to put chains on front tyres, however check your cars manual. Prado drivers cannot fit chains on the front, they must go on the rear as stated in the manual. I have tried in my back yard, there is not enough clearance for the suspension/steering components
Please check your manual.
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Reply By: Andrew - Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 20:25

Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 20:25
Thanks guys, looks like the anti freeze and chains should do. I'm glad the oil is gunna be o.k as i only changed it last weekend and forget to check up on it. By the way my patrol will (hopefully) be above the snow line most of the season, if i get the job i'm looking for! Andrew..
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Follow Up By: Member - Toonfish - Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 00:15

Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 00:15
whats the job andrew it sounds sweet to live alpine over winter i have done it a few timesbefore 4wd and got sick of the painful bus times to get to the staff carpark or off mountain have a good time either way .
do you ski? 1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
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Reply By: firey - Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 22:20

Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 22:20
All of the above is good advice but no one mentioned the batteries. I was in Thredbo in 97 about the time it fell down, and after a week of sking I had two dead batteries and it cost me $25 for a jump start on my L/C diesel ute. If your going to park your vehicle for some time take your battery with you to your room etc. Batteries suffer from below 0 degrees temps and this could easily kill a battery overnight,especially if the battery was not healthy to start with. For extra protection throw in a battery charger and put it on charge the day before you leave. Remember to put something down so battery acid does not splash onto carpet etc. Hope you see some nice sets of mogels.

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Follow Up By: Andrew - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 12:16

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 12:16
Cheers Firey, I hadnt heard of that before. I will certainly keep an eye out for any nice sets of moguls gettin around. Andrew..
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