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Thread: Running JDM car in extreme cold weather...suggestions?

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    Hey guys,

    I am up in Labrador now with my Evo V. Car seems to be running well but having issues getting it started and it is only like -5 right now and will be getting to -40 in a couple months.

    So, any suggestions on what I should do? I bought a new battery (although cheap one) when I got the car but it now only cranks about 6-8 times before dieing. Maybe a better battery to start, if so any recommendations on one?

    Anyone know if there are block heaters available for the car, I have not found one yet and doubt there is. Because of this, been looking at a Circulation Engine Heater (basically a canister with heating element that connects in the middle of a coolant hose low down, the element heats the coolant and rises being replaced by cold coolant causing circulation). Maybe a battery warmer?

    Any help is appreciated. Had the car 4 months and still haven't been able to enjoy it as it is just one bug after another.

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    I would think a block heater for another Mitsubishi may work.
    Also what kind of oil are you using? Use a thinner synthetic oil such as 5W30 for those temperatures or even 5W20 for -40.

    Your issue also could be a sensor eg CAM sensor or other and they tend to get worse/no-start when it gets very cold.

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    check your plugs as well, coolant, and higher cca battery.
    It's not about being better than the next guy, once you feel your car looks good then it probably does! Remember, amateurs built the Ark and professionals built the Titanic.

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    Plugs are brand new and coolant just changed. Had full service done prior to moving up...all fluids, plugs, belts etc. Battery is 550CCA I believe and I have not been able to find a higher CCA in a battery that fits. Battery in it is a 51R.

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    I have to say 550 CCA is very low for -40 temps. It also gets cold here in Winnipeg.
    you should be able to find a higher CCA battery somewhere.
    Although at only -5 there should not be any problems with the battery yet.

    The actual problem must be something else.

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    So I got a multimeter and did some tests. Jumped the battery and let it run for 30min. Tested and it was putting out 14.0 - 14.2 volts while running. Shut it off and tested again and it was reading just over 12 volts. Had my wife try to start it and wouldn't even turn over and reading around 4 volts while trying to crank.

    So based on that, it appears the battery is toast.

    I have been searching for block heater but can't find one for it. Think I am going to go with an inline lower rad hose heater, looks like my next best option. So, hopefully new battery and rad hose heater and she will be running.

    Any suggestions on best battery to buy? Obviously need high CCA. Battery box can handle 9.5"L x 5.5"W x 8"H.

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    Based on experience in Siberia and such regions, if you plan to park your car outside without a block heater in sub -30 and such, I think the most important element is having 0W oil (the standard winter oil in Russia is 0W-40).

    When the temperatures get to -40 and below, you will probably need to start the car every 2-3 hours and run it for 10 minutes in addition to 0W oil.

    I would recommend ignoring any notions that 0W oil might be "too thin for the engine".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qsecofr View Post
    Based on experience in Siberia and such regions, if you plan to park your car outside without a block heater in sub -30 and such, I think the most important element is having 0W oil (the standard winter oil in Russia is 0W-40).

    When the temperatures get to -40 and below, you will probably need to start the car every 2-3 hours and run it for 10 minutes in addition to 0W oil.

    I would recommend ignoring any notions that 0W oil might be "too thin for the engine".
    I agree with the oil.
    I would go with 0w40 or even 0w30 synthetic oil.
    I've used both 5w30 and 0w30 and it was good here.
    I park outside with no block heater or anything too.

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    Yeah, when I had the maintenance done I had them winterize it and 0w30 was put in it. Should be good to go there. I think if I can get a new battery and some sort of coolant heater I should be good to go.

    Anyone know what size the lower rad hose is?

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    I'm rocking a coolant heater and oil pan heater on my car for the winter, I've got them both hooked up to a very short extension cord under the front bumper that can be plugged into an extension cord and then an outlet. I had asked an oil specialist in the Uk, Opie Oils what I should run in the Evo over the winter for oil, they said 0w30 unmodified, 0w40 modified.

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