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Old 05-30-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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For Las Vegas, summer is much worse on cars (and me too) than winter hands down...no argument.
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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. I replace more batteries, alternators, regulators, ignition components, belts/hoses, and leaking gaskets/seals in hot weather than cold.
That could be because cars are driven a lot more miles in hot weather, and therefore more of them cross a need-to-repair threshold then.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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I've lived in Texas and Florida so I know hot weather. I've also lived in Alaska since 1999. Having said that, IMO, cold weather is far harder on a car than hot. The oil in my crankcase is like molasses at -20, my seats are as hard as a rock, and controls feel resistant to movement. I eat up a pair of quality wipers per winter, and the snow on my boots perpetually melts and re-freezes trashing floor mats and carpet underneath. I never had those issue in hot weather. In fact, I've had zero issues of any nature in hot weather. Simply put, In my experience cold weather is tougher on vehicles than hot.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Winters, particularly in areas where they cake the roads with a layer of salt. That's murder on a car, no matter how much you try to wash the salt off. The pothole-addled streets in your average cold-winter area certainly don't help. Hot summers can be hard on underhood components, paint jobs and interiors, but the latter two maladies can be mitigated with regular garage storage. Winter startups are harder on driveline components because it takes longer for fluids to get up to temperature and circulating properly, which again can be mitigated by regular garage storage if the garage is heated.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Winter is harder on the engine, suspension etc etc, summer might very well be a bit harder on the electrics and certain accessories.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:36 PM
 
Location: (Lyndon) Louisville KY USA
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I think fuel economy is a good judge of how a car is running. I always get better mpg's in summer than winter, often 3-5 better
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:40 PM
 
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You don't get salted roads in the summer...
We do in NH .....
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Take a trip out to the west coast and see how many old cars are still on the road compared to the midwest and east coast. Cold and winter is the WORST thing by far. Not only on your car but on your body as well. Cold/winter is good for nothing.
Well you have a point, Cars from the early 2000's are already starting to rust around here. I don't mind the cold/snow but the salt drives me crazy.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I think fuel economy is a good judge of how a car is running. I always get better mpg's in summer than winter, often 3-5 better
This has nothing to do with how "well" the engine is running. Instead it has to do with any or all these factors: 1) The lower the ambient air, the more energy is spent keeping the engine at operating temperature; 2) the colder it is, the longer your engine takes to get up to operating temperature and it will run rich until it does; 3) the colder it is, the longer it takes for lubricants to get to their proper operating viscosity; 4) colder, denser air creates more aerodynamic drag than warmer, less dense air; 5) the colder the air, the lower the tire pressure UNLESS YOU MONITOR TIRE PRESSURE DILIGENTLY, which most people don't. Lower tire pressure increases rolling resistance
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:21 PM
 
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look at where the real collector cars noramlly come form. States like Georgia and other warmer states because it easier on the vehicles as far as rust.
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