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Old 01-06-2010, 07:26 PM
 
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Hello Everyone,

I am moving to Alaska Jan 20th. My car will be there either before me or shortly after. Can anyone recommend a place for me to get my car winterized. It is coming from Florida. I have never lived in snow & have no idea what I need to do to winterize it. I would like to find someone who won't take advantage of me since I don't know what's needed and I will be alone. My husband is deployed & won't be home until Feb. I will be living in Anchorage.

Thanks
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:58 PM
 
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As it sounds as though your car is being shipped, you should have some of the winterizing done beforehand. You're arriving peak winter and if you don't have the antifreeze and other fluids already in the vehicle, you could have problems before you even get a chance to drive it up here.

You'll get a lot of suggestions from this post. A couple of articles:
Tips on winterizing your car - KTUU.com | Alaska's news and information source |

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/159401...playmode/1098/
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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If you won't have a garage right away, it might be a good idea to get an engine heater installed before you come too. I've always preferred circulating heaters -- that heat the engine coolant and circulate it, but you can get by with a head bolt heater or dipstick heater much cheaper.

Then again, there might not be an engine heater in stock in the whole state of Florida.


You'll definitely want to have the antifreeze checked before you come, and make sure it's good to -40 or colder. Ditto with windshield washer fluid. And coming from Florida, your car might have a heavier 10W-30 or heavier. It should have 5W-30. (If you use synthetics, that's even better.)
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:33 AM
 
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Hello Everyone,

I am moving to Alaska Jan 20th. My car will be there either before me or shortly after. Can anyone recommend a place for me to get my car winterized. It is coming from Florida. I have never lived in snow & have no idea what I need to do to winterize it. I would like to find someone who won't take advantage of me since I don't know what's needed and I will be alone. My husband is deployed & won't be home until Feb. I will be living in Anchorage.

Thanks
Any Garage in Alaska can do this. But before you take the car to Alaska. You MUST make sure the oil in the engine isn't old. And drain out all the old radiator fluid and put in 50/50 radiator coolant so the coolant won't freeze up inside the engine and cause the freeze plugs to break! Radiator fluid gets old after a while and it loses it's effectiveness at not freezing or boiling over; over time.
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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What type of vehicle, how new? Personally, for newer vehicles I just take them to the dealerships. They use factory parts and procedures, and give a factory warranty on their work. But any garage can do the work, it's just a matter of preference and how well you trust the place.

As for performing the work before you come up, IMO as long as you are just coming to Anchorage, I'd just wait till you get up here. Saves you an extra trip and less risk of some knuclehead down in the -48 who's never seen snow messing something up. Of course with the way this winter is shaping up down there, they might be more experienced with cold than up here! Now, if you were going to Fairbanks or some place really cold I might recommend otherwise!
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:27 PM
 
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Thanks for the info but my car has already been shipped. I have an 2008 Infiniti G35. I asked local mechanics in Florida about winterizing my car for Alaska they recommended me to wait until I got there to make sure I got everything correct. Besides that the people I did ask looked at me like I was crazy & just said they thought I would need to change the antifreeze.

=) Thanks again for the Help!!
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:10 PM
 
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What ever you do dont take your vehical to Midas, you will get a major hose job, they improperly install parts and there bill rate is way over the top. I have heard Big O's is really good. I would get all your fluids changed by a ASE certified mechanic at a reasonable bill rate (make sure they charge there time based off of chiltons, every repair has a standard time it should take to do it associated with it), have all your seals checked because when you switch to synthetic it basicly cleans out your engine and sometimes things start to leak, you also want a block heater installed unless you park in a heated garage at home AND at work but most places of employment dont have heated garages but they also dont have plug ins either so if you have a garage at home you may not need a block heater, I dont even use myn.

Make sure the actual mechanic that is doing the work is certified or under close supervision because most Midas shops will have one guy that is ASE certified just so they can make that claim and put up banners and the rest of there staff is jokers.

Oh it would be a good idea to get a optima battery put in, after having to replace 2 batterys in january when it was 20 below I was pissed and just put one in and have never had a problem since, you dont want to have to be doing stuff to your car in 20 below that will make you an unhappy camper lol.
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