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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. :crying
 

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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. :crying

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

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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Picked up Foxy today.
All back and running fine.?
See what time brings, on the next cold snap.
One other note, also pointed out about frost/ice inside one headlight.
Service bulletin out from Nissan so common issue.
As led headlight little to no heat from bulbs, and also vented units so headlight is not sealed unit.
Fix, run with main beam on as normal style build so heats up inside of light.
As I pointed out the dipped led headlights are so good I never use the high beam ?
 

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So got foxy back.
Seems good so far.
One note, I had ice build up inside the headlights,
Nissan advise to turn on high beam, dip beam are LED and put out heat to melt the ice.
Common problem by the sounds of it.
Headlamp are vented for some reason not sealed to outside weather.
I never run with high beam as just the dip beam are so much better than most cars.
 

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So got foxy back.
Seems good so far.
One note, I had ice build up inside the headlights,
Nissan advise to turn on high beam, dip beam are LED and put out heat to melt the ice.
Common problem by the sounds of it.
Headlamp are vented for some reason not sealed to outside weather.
I never run with high beam as just the dip beam are so much better than most cars.

Plastic headlamp has to be vented because the air inside the lamp gets heated and expands and contracts when cooled. It is mostly dead air space. It usually don't get condensation inside unless it is leaking, or I guess, super cold.
Even LED headlamp bulbs give off out a fair amount of heat. I replaced my high beams with LED bulbs.:cool:
 

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The bulletin they had from Nissan gives an amount of ice.
What is the bulb type for the high beam bulb, would like to change them out, did you also change the fog lights, would like to swap them out.
Thanks for the answer why vented, helps with the why.
 

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Didn't last long
Back at the dealer again.
Alternator or wiring issue
Died at side of road with dead battery.
Dealer and road side assistance great.
Have to wait until Monday for repair or diagnostic
Starting to worry now
 

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The bulletin they had from Nissan gives an amount of ice.
What is the bulb type for the high beam bulb, would like to change them out, did you also change the fog lights, would like to swap them out.
Thanks for the answer why vented, helps with the why.
The bulbs that came out of the high beam lamps are H9 type. I replace them with these: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07L25NYVC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I also swap out the DRL and fog bulbs for LED.

DRL: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01D8E0XQ0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have to clip two leads off the LED bulbs to match the bulbs that came out.

Fog: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01N9GNUG7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Unlike the strong, simple, seal glass reflector headlights of the past, today's headlight modules are more complex, made of many lighter plastic parts glue together. Pressure fluctuation inside the headlight from temperature changes may deform the reflectors, or cause the assembly to separate. Adding a vent rid the problem.
 

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Didn't last long
Back at the dealer again.
Alternator or wiring issue
Died at side of road with dead battery.
Dealer and road side assistance great.
Have to wait until Monday for repair or diagnostic
Starting to worry now

Sorry to hear. Likely the mechanic fixing the first problem messed up.
 

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The bulbs that came out of the high beam lamps are H9 type. I replace them with these: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07L25NYVC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I also swap out the DRL and fog bulbs for LED.

DRL: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01D8E0XQ0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have to clip two leads off the LED bulbs to match the bulbs that came out.

Fog: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01N9GNUG7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Unlike the strong, simple, seal glass reflector headlights of the past, today's headlight modules are more complex, made of many lighter plastic parts glue together. Pressure fluctuation inside the headlight from temperature changes may deform the reflectors, or cause the assembly to separate. Adding a vent rid the problem.

Thanks for that see there all CA hyperlinks.
Take it also up in Canada.
Where abouts if you don't mind me asking.

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So repaired again.
New Alternator, replaced some more parts for the blowing dipstick issue ,
So let's hope that's the end of the teething issue.
Good to have Foxy back.
 

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Thanks for that see there all CA hyperlinks.
Take it also up in Canada.
Where abouts if you don't mind me asking.

Thanks
You're welcome. Good to hear Foxy is back running.
Much warmer part of Canada, Vancouver area. First time the Kicks gets to go out to play in the snow this week.:grin Front wheel drive, light compact Kicks has no problems whatsoever, even with stock all seasons.:smile
 
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