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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-04-2019, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Cold weather issues

So I am Saskatchewan Canadan. Been having a cold snap at the moment.
Minus 30C and below., couple days nearly 40 without the wind chill.
Starting to show up some issues with my little SR.
Drove out the garage other morning to find big patch of oil on floor.
Dipstick had blown out and oil all over under hood.
Dipstick now has creamy coating over it when remove, think the breather system is freezing
It's like it's running to cold, with no temp gauge unless you set it up to display.
Temp gauge shows it's up to mid point once been running for some time.
Find that the the heater can't clear the front screen of ice.
Even with it on max fan and just on front screen the amount of area it blows on is limited.
Should send cars up our way for winter testing.

Let's hope the dealer has some answers visit booked for Thursday.
Shame, up to now I have loved my little foxy SR.
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So I am Saskatchewan Canadan. Been having a cold snap at the moment.
Minus 30C and below., couple days nearly 40 without the wind chill.
Starting to show up some issues with my little SR.
Drove out the garage other morning to find big patch of oil on floor.
Dipstick had blown out and oil all over under hood.
Dipstick now has creamy coating over it when remove, think the breather system is freezing
It's like it's running to cold, with no temp gauge unless you set it up to display.
Temp gauge shows it's up to mid point once been running for some time.
Find that the the heater can't clear the front screen of ice.
Even with it on max fan and just on front screen the amount of area it blows on is limited.
Should send cars up our way for winter testing.

Let's hope the dealer has some answers visit booked for Thursday.
Shame, up to now I have loved my little foxy SR.

-40C!!! Wow that is cold!!! Regular antifreeze coolant is only good for about -35C and the wiper fluid... Hope your little foxy is OK.

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post #3 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-04-2019, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Block heater for the cooling system over night and when parked at work.
50/50 mix get you to -45 to -50c
Screen wash good for -45 to 50c.
Yes sure is cold but you get by.
JUST.
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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-06-2019, 01:09 PM
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No vehicle is going to tolerate those kinds of temperatures well, new or not. I take it that you don't have a heated garage? Let us know what the dealer finds and hope its nothing major aside from some frozen lines.
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post #5 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-06-2019, 01:43 PM
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My rear hatch doesn't fully latch ever since Nissan washed it, once the car warms up the ice melts and it latches again. Careful of getting water anywhere near the rear hatch locking mechanism, no clue how they ended up doing that.

Sorry to hear about the dipstick blow out, yikes. I'm going to go check mine out. I also didn't know we could display the engine temp...
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post #6 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-06-2019, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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You have to go through various setup screens and you can pick what you want to have displayed.
Then it's on the same menu as when you have the speed displayed as digits or view tire pressures.
There is lots to change within the menus.
Yes we have found that snow gets packed in good around the rear lights and the hatch seal.
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post #7 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-07-2019, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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So foxy been in at the dealer all day, crankcase breather all plugged up with condensation and hence then frozen,
Need new parts and complete flush of oil system.
I have a 15 jeep and a 01 Volvo XC70.
Never had an issue like this. Don't expect it on a new car.
Like I say company just don't do real word testing.
All well and good in a test cell but don't simulate real life.
Some years back had 40 days of below 40C temp and never had an issue
The sales team gave me a 2018 Qashqai to use.
Now that's a car that has issues.
The heater is the worst I have ever had in a car, crap fuel economy and road noise.
Poor head lights.
I need my foxy back, I miss it so much.
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post #8 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-07-2019, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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No vehicle is going to tolerate those kinds of temperatures well, new or not. I take it that you don't have a heated garage? Let us know what the dealer finds and hope its nothing major aside from some frozen lines.
Some times that's the worst thing
Makes to much condensation and then that freezes once you out in the cold.
Good basic car design and testing.
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post #9 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-08-2019, 01:02 AM
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Hope Foxy get well soon.

Seem like a lot of condensation in the crankcase. I would imagine a lot of ice build up in the exhaust pipes and muffler also at those temperatures.

Could it be the fuel you are using? Ethanol loaded fuels do produce more water vapor in the product of combustion.
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post #10 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-08-2019, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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Regular gas is up to 10% So not that high, might have to swap brands.
Think need to buy aftermarket engine splashguard to cover off underside and oil pan, then maybe a small winter front to reduce air flow over rad.
Get the under hood temp up.
See what dealer comes up with.
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