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Who has had problems with a car battery during freezingly cold days? What is their cause?

Freezing cold obviously decreases the battery's capacity but by how much? For example: a new battery is full when temperature is around 20 celsius degrees, when it falls to 0 degrees the battery's capacity drops to 80%, and when it's -20 degrees, its capacity may fall to less than 50%.

It's easy to guess that 4 years old battery no longer has 100% capacity but only around 60% (during one year the battery loses about 10% of its capacity).

So on very cold days, a real capacity of the battery is less than 30% - we won't start the car, if the battery isn't charged.

PS. If you want to charge the battery with a converter, first you need to make sure it reaches room temperature!
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How to protect a car on New Year's Eve?


New Year's Eve celebration is coming together with champagne and fireworks. It's the last moment to think about protecting your car!


Fireworks, champagne, drunk partygoers - it's an anuual way of celebrating the beginning of a new year. You should pay attention to where you leave your car. Is it a main street used by many people or maybe a small dark alley where someone would want to drink some champagne? They could scratch your vehicle even accidentally!


You also need to consider if someone could play with firecrakers near your parking spot (they could hit and damage your car).

The best solution is of course to park a car in a garage or on an insured guarded car park.
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Fast and safe windows de-icing?


The first necessary thing is a windscreen washer - it can't freeze in the container, it shouldn't stay on the windscreen and it definitely shouldn't have a strong smell.


In the second place, a car needs to be prepared for the ride. Nowadays, you can use chemical products without hesitation. However, you need to take into consideration substances added to them since some can damage the varnish, elements like windscreen wipers or seals etc. It is also important that they don't clog spray nozzles with sediment.


Of course, the product can't be the cheapest since it has to contain ethanol - you can easily smell it. The worse the product, the poorer quality of the ingredients.

After the purchase, the only thing left to do is to spray the product over the windscreen and wait - we don't recommend playing with fire at that moment ;)

And remember, such chemical liquids are very dangerous so always protect your eyes and skin!
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Black ice called also a clear ice is one of the most dangerous atmospheric phenomena that we can experience on the road.


Where did the name come from? It is almost invisible - it's so thin that you can clearly see tarmact underneath. You can only recognise it (apart from weather conditions in general) when you see the road glittering a little in the sun.


How should you react? SLOW DOWN with an engine, smoothly, don't use brakes, don't do it violently!

Brakes should not be used on the black ice, they can only be used once you pass it!


If you can see snow on the road, you can use it to stop the car!

You have to stop because you approach an intersection? Let other drivers know what might happen - your car can spin, turn around, you can slide all the way through the crossing, so sometimes it is better to hit a snow drift!


You should remember that bridges, viaducts, depressions, water tanks and meadows (where fogs are the most frequent in summertime) are spots where the clear ice is very likely to appear.
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Changing the car's battery now and in the past. In the past:
The car doesn't want to start so we pour some distilled water in, we charge the battery at home, and when nothing is working, we finally go to a shop.
We give required parameters and buy a new battery. We take out an old one, put in a new one and it's done... Sometimes it was only necessary to charge it a little bit.
And now... How is it done in your cars?
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How safe is an old car?


Global NACP experts performed a test on two Nissan vehicles from two different eras : Versa - a new model and Tsuru produced in 1992 (and even older when it comes to technology). The test was done at the speed of 130 km/h. A high-tech vehicle literally devastated in a crash its much older competitor...



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85OysZ_4lp0
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If you follow our profile, you certainly know that every car you want to buy needs to be carefully checked.


But let's start with the basics:

1. Determine your budget and then your needs
2. Remember about extra costs (registration, insurance, tires, repairs)
3. Find an offer and talk to a vendor
4. The most important is VIN (a vehicle identification number) and its verification in systems like ours
5. If everything seems to be fine, the next step is to go and see the car - you should take it to a motor vehicle diagnostic station and check it with a varnish measure sensor. It is also wise to check errors with a computer
6. Then check how particiular elements match each other (space between car body parts) and verify if all windows are original
7. Don't forget to check vehicle documents - they should match history and what the vendor told you about the car
8. And the last step - bargain over the price!

Enjoy your new car but remember - before you drive it, buy an insurance!
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Happy new year 2017!
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Contactless opening of a car? A great luxury but also a great risk!


Have you ever heard about a key signal amplifier? You can walk away from your car to the shop and no one will open it anymore? That is NOT true!


A signal amplifier between you and your car is enough for a thief to open the vehicle, start it and escape in it. No key is not a problem! The car won't be turned off for safety reasons - but whose safety....?


The problem is known to all car manufacturers! And the only way to avoid a theft is buying a car without that system or a special key case (which can affect its technology). The only protection, which is comfortable and effective, is an additional non-standard protection system (f.ex. an ignition lock).
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It has been snowing a bit already so it's a last chance to buy a 4x4. What would be a good choice if we have no more than 2500 euro to spend?

1. We will obviously start with a classic which is Audi A4 B5 Quattro produced not earlier than in 1994 and with a 1.9 TDI engine, preferably 110 horsepower. Maybe you would even find A6?
2. Subaru Impreza II produced up to 2000 with a 2-litres engine
3. Skoda Octavia I from 1996 and with a 1.9 TDI engine, which is characteristic for the WV group
4. Renault Scénic RX4 starting from year 2000 and with a 2.0 139 horsepower engine

What else you can find? Perhaps you could also buy: Suzuki Grand Vitara, Jeep Cherokee II, Opel Frontera B, Honda CR-V and maybe Volkswagen Passat B5 as well.

Ps. Don't forget about good winter tyres, even the best 4x4 drive won't replace them!
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What should you check in your car before winter?


1. Windscreen washer - even a slight frost and we are in trouble.
2. Check your windscreen wipers - good visibility is extremely important!
3. You have a scraper and what about a normal sweeper? When you open the car, snow can fall inside and you have to sweep it out.
4. Accumulator - already checked? Doesn't it cause any problems?
5. You have a diesel? Check what kind of fuel you have tanked up!
6. Do your glow plugs work properly? It would be a shame to damage an engine.
7. Check filters, including fuel ones.
8. Antifreeze fluid - are you sure it won't freeze up?
9. Windscreen heating - it is wise to check the whole circuit before winter.


Remember that winter is time when all failures and defects can come into play!
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Are remolds a good purchase or maybe a danger to you and other drivers?

An average cost of tyres set to a passenger car equals 250 EUR while the cost of the remolds is only 100 EUR!

But are the remolds safe? As you can see, the price difference is enormous.
The remolds are not new tyres, they only have a new tread which is put on professionally (it often looks factory-made)! The problems can occur if there were some pressure issues or any other problems while using the tyres before putting on a new tread. Unfortunately, not all defects can be discovered before recapping.

If you cannot afford a new set of tyres then which option is the best in your opinion: buying year-round tyres, second-hand tyres, or the remolds?
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