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Old 11-22-2008, 09:40 AM   #11
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D'oh! Of course, there's always the obvious and easy way.
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:52 AM   #12
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I am a real fan of simple solutions. Sure I could build a circuit with all sorts of relays, but the simple solution is just install a switch on the ground...


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Old 11-22-2008, 06:36 PM   #13
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to look into the radiator block - I think even I can manage that one.

I'll also look into ways to pre-heat. My limited mechanical ability will get in the way there, but I have a good, trusted mechanic so I may have to make more use of his skills.

I already don't run the defroster any more than needed because I had heard it runs the AC to dehumidify.

Would removing the FM antenna actually make a measurable difference? Doesn't seem possible...
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I doubt that the difference is measurable.
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:40 PM   #15
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No the title should be "I love winter." Why? Because the cost of fuel always drops. I am happy to take a mpg hit to see fuel prices fall!!!
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I LOVE WINTER!!! Why?

Yes gas is cheaper

With winter comes snow so opportunities to do 2 things I love come up... Skiing and using my 4wd.

I look great in sweaters & overcoats.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's

No mowing the lawn.

What's not to love?
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I'd rather mow than shovel snow.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:13 PM   #18
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Why shovel snow? That's what boots & 4wd are for. I usually just shovel the snow off the porch. Everyting else stays right where it falls.

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4wd isn't good enough for my steep driveway, and the wife will get hurt trying to walk on snow.
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block heater/ make me love winter
Absolutely worth doing even in milder climates. My Escort and Tercel don't even get up to full operating temperature at this time of year for the work commute. A block heater in the Tercel however makes the morning trip downright toasty. I'm close to putting the Escort back into insurance suspense and driving the Tercel again for the winter for this very reason.

A space heater inside is a nice help too on frosty mornings, but I absolutely would NOT do that part without a timer that switches on AFTER you awaken. I setup mine at 750W coupled with the 1kW block heater to come on 45 minutes before I leave.
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