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#1 (permalink) Old 11-04-2009, 12:38 PM
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Hi. I'm new on here. I really joined because I know the kia rio is a foreign car and when things go wrong with it, it ends up costing more than normal because of that tiny little factor. So, my parents gave me this car and it's november and I need to "winterize" it. I was wanting to know, because my dad said he used to do stuff like that himself but on US cars, if I could possibly have like a step by step guide to do it myself. If it's not possible or takes too much time and effort, I'll pay to have it done but if I could I'd like to do it myself. If anyone knows how to do it, or knows someone who does, I'd love the help. Thanks in advance!

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All I do is make sure or change the oil so I have the correct SAE weight oil required for how cold it will get in my locale. I then check the tire pressure as usually they need air as the temps go down. Make sure all fluids are up to specs ie: brake fluid, power steering ect. Check the antifreeze being sure it protected to -40 that should be a 50/50 mix. I also make sure my windshield washer fluid is fresh and put in a good winter fluid such as Rain-X.

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yea my dad said something though about draining the radiator and engine and refilling it with something, I forget. I just wasn't sure if that was absolutely necessary or not.
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Hey there you're an Indiana people. I usually do a antifreeze change in late summer while its still warm and pleasent to work on a car. When the engine is cold remove the radiator cap, not the overflow container, the radiator and if the fluid looks clean, it should look greenish, but it look clean with no dirt in it I would think you're OK but be sure to check it for temp protection. You can get the floating ball check eyedropper looking one for a couple of bucks at Wally World.

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