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Winter precautions

The following precautions should be taken to avoid unnecessary
trouble when cold weather is due.

1. Make sure cooling system contains approx. 50% anti-freeze and
     50% water which will lower the freezing point to approx. 31°F
     See page 46 for instuctions on how to replace coolant.

2. Keep the fual tank as full as posible to prevent condensation from
     Also use a reliable additive (drygas) to the fuel. Add before filling

3. Use light oils for the engine, see recommendations page 45.

4. The Battery is subject to additional strain in wintertime. Electrical
     components are used more extensively and cold weather will lower
     the battery capacity.
     Check battery condition and apply grease to the terminal posts.

5. In cold and slushy weather, avoid using the parking brake as it
     might freeze. Place transmission in park and/or block the wheels

6. Fill windshield washer reservoir with non-freezing cleaner. The
     washer will be used more frequently and it is important to keep it
     from freezing.

7. Lubricate the door locks with appropriate lock fluid.

Preparations for a long distance trips

Have the car checked prior to a long distance trip.
It is a good idea to have a supply of important spare parts (bulbs,
fuses, etc.).
Observe following:

  • Check that the engine operates correctly and that the fuel consump-
         tion is normal.

  • Check engine and drive line for leaks (oil, coolant, fluid, fuel).

  • Check condition and tension of drive belts. Replace worn belts.

  • Check battery condition.

  • Check the tires including the spare tire. Fill air or replace as

  • Check brakes, wheel alignment and steering.

  • Check lights.

  • Check tools, jack and other equipment required.

  • Text and pictures from owners manual yearmodel 1980

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