If your car won't start in the cold, the best solution combines proper maintenance and options to make a cold start easier on your vehicle. In northern Wisconsin, cold winter weather is a fact of life. My 2007 Saturn Ion starts in weather as cold as -25F actual temp without fail, without any special treatment. (But not everyone is so lucky.) We have a fleet of trucks at work (both diesel and gas) that run in all kinds of weather. I’m drawing on my experience working with them, and from full time mechanics that help troubleshoot when we need them. [Read more…]
When I was a little girl up in northwest Wisconsin, we had a lot of Big Snow winters. The snow started early and lasted all winter long. The country roads cut through massive snow banks that my friends and I would build tunnels through. (We always used the buddy system so someone was on the outside to watch for the plow or dig you out if needed.) One year I made several snow carvings of different animals, each about 5 feet tall – a duck, a horse, a swan. Cars would slow down as they passed mom's place, trying to figure out what those odd shapes were back off the road.
Something else I remember from winters past was grandma's snow fence. Grandma had a fairly long, thin driveway, and without the snow fence, I'm sure it would have been blown shut more often than not. When my brother bought grandma's place, he planted a treeline where the snowfence had been. This now protects the driveway (even better than the fence). [Read more…]