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What to check on old car driving to alps

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Yes @Judwin, we have kind of waylayed the original thread. Perhaps if there's a discussion to be had it should have it's own topic.

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Check the cooling system, our 1992 Peugeot had a partially clogged radiator, no problem running around the UK but started to overheat when climbing slowly with chains on. Also make sure there's plenty of wear left on brake pads, inner and outer, I made the mistake of just checking the outer pad & ended up having to change the pads in the apartment garage in Andorra rolling eyes
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@johnE, my Volvo won't let you disable the traction control, maybe (probably) one of the better systems and being Swedish I'd expect it to handle snow.
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MorningGory wrote:
@johnE, my Volvo won't let you disable the traction control, maybe (probably) one of the better systems and being Swedish I'd expect it to handle snow.


Are you sure? Mine will.
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Yep, I was reading about it the other day. Technically you can, but only in sports mode which I've never used and certainly wouldn't in snow. Bit of a faff to do too!

Mines a 2019 v60 t5
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I think the basic advice is to check specifically what the traction control setting is for snow, if any, and whether you can set it while in motion or if you have to stop. Then once you think you understand it all, give it a go somewhere safe so that you can confidently set/reset the snow configuration when you really need to do it.

In many ways, certainly on my BMW and previous Audi, the button in question could in my case just have been labelled with a snowflake on it. And this would have make it completely clear as to when I use it. But this would be misleading as it serves another function as well - it's also used by drivers who want to disable the normal oversteer safety electronics when track racing, and/or who find this electro-mechanical intervention too unsubtle and destabilising even on public roads.


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The OP is going to be driving a 2002 Fiat Doblo. As far as I am aware they did not have traction control fitted and it was not an option until 2010 ish.

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Agree with all that has been said the only bits I would add are to change the Brake fluid and take a windscreen cover. I have just done the Brake fluid change on my car.
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Does anyone know if the diesel fuel pumps in the area indicate if the fuel contains the additive?
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Typically the pump will have a message saying "-10" or "-15" or whatever, sometimes it's the message "temperature rigide".
It's also EU law - all diesel fuel that is sold in the European Union must meet the EN590 European standards.
The winter grades in Switzerand are good for -20, in France -15, in UK & ROI -15.
In Italy winter diesel for use in lower regions is good for -12 (called "invernale"); in the mountains it's called "artico" and is good for -20.
If in any doubt, apply additive before the fuel.
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Nemisis wrote:
Typically the pump will have a message saying "-10" or "-15" or whatever, sometimes it's the message "temperature rigide".
It's also EU law - all diesel fuel that is sold in the European Union must meet the EN590 European standards.
The winter grades in Switzerand are good for -20, in France -15, in UK & ROI -15.
In Italy winter diesel for use in lower regions is good for -12 (called "invernale"); in the mountains it's called "artico" and is good for -20.
If in any doubt, apply additive before the fuel.


I will totally agree with that ...I filled up in Verona ...my diesel gelled in Val di Fassa ..It took me an hour to get it started and I was lucky at that ! I add my own additive now wharever I am in winter snowHead
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