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Driving around French ski areas, diesel additive

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Hi
Im just about to embark on a 6 week trip round the alps. We are driving out there so I wondered if anyone can tell me if French diesel has the COLD WEATHER ADDITIVE already in it or should I be thinking of buying it separately? Ive never thought using it before but as the car will probably be parked outside and used only once a week when we switch resorts, I thought it would be a good idea to get sorted.
Any ideas please?
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deejaybee, as long as you buy it in or close to the mountains it will have additive in. Depends how cold it gets how effective it is. It is usually good to -20 . Make sure you get close with an almost empty tank and fill it up.
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For the first time, filling up in Albertville last week, I noticed that the "ordinary" diesel was rated to minus 15 and the more expensive "superdiesel" to minus 20.

At the moment there doesn't look like being much chance of weather cold enough to cause problems to diesel tanks kept well topped up with fuel bought locally. Have a good trip, deejaybee snowHead

Remember, if it's snowy and cold, not to leave your handbrake on (assuming you have the bog standard old fashioned cable type).
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and pull your wipers away from the windscreen too.
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Don't use supermarket diesel but fill up with Excellium in a Total garage close to the mountains. The supermarket's sometimes economize on the antifreeze in their diesel, as was the case a couple of years ago when cars were freezing up at -10C.
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pam w, b****r, remembered the diesel and wipers and forgot the handbrake. Sad
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Thanks everyone you've been a great help , I've posted another question about Geneva airport ! Very Happy
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Remember, if it's snowy and cold, not to leave your handbrake on (assuming you have the bog standard old fashioned cable type).


Why? I have always parked at 1600 with the handbrake on (and just filled up with pump diesel) in snow and cold down to under -20 and never had a problem on either count. The biggest problem has always been just digging out.
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Yep, digging out this one took a while.
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We normally find that the battery dies in the cold before other problems such as fuel freeze and handbrake surface...
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johnE, you've been fortunate. Whether a handbrake cable causes problems depends on how much gunge it's collected - if you drive on snowy messy roads a fair bit, with stuff being chucked up under the car (the sort of conditions where the entire wheel arch is full of dirty snow) and then it freezes, it can be a real pain. I found out the hard way and was put right by the local garage bloke, who sorted it out for me (it was making such a terrible noise that people were looking round to see what was happening, as I drove past. Embarassed

But if a car arrives somewhere clean underneath, and is then parked for a while, the handbrake cable is unlikely to cause problems even the car is buried in a couple of metres of fresh snow.
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remembered the diesel and wipers and forgot the handbrake

welshskier, Laughing
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I always just filled up in the Carrefour nearest my house, because it was cheap, and was fine down to below -30C. Maybe I got lucky!
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Mr Pieholeo wrote:
I always just filled up in the Carrefour nearest my house, because it was cheap, and was fine down to below -30C. Maybe I got lucky!


I think you were lucky, 2 years ago I filled up at Carrafour rather than my usual Total garage. Temperature dropped to -30 and it was still -24 on the morning we left. I had to crank the engine for a good 5 mins to get it to start (with jumper cables as well), I have never had a problem before and I'm sure it was down to the supermarket fuel.
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Mr Pieholeo, I generally use supermarket fuel too.... the closest I am likely to come to living dangerously. wink
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We were staying in an apartment run by a transfer company a few years ago when there were problems with the winter diesel. We were asked to take out some additive for them as local supplies had run out and they had already had fuel filters replaced on their minibuses, because of that I always put in additive during our week. A litre of additive costs me £10 and I put 175ml into a tank. What price peace of mind?.
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Why do people lift the wipers up?
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Jenniper, stops them freezing to the windscreen and ripping the rubber.
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They will freeze to the screen otherwise. Danger of completely buggering them or worse still the wiper motor if you turn the wipers on or if they were on when you parked the car.
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Claude B, or they are on 'automatic'.
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Hells Bells, During our travels we will be heading for Serre Chevalier but it will be the French half term (22 Feb). Is there an area just outside Briancon or the Serre Che villages where I could find a (cheaper) studio to rent ? We are driving so we don't need to be in the centre of the resorts. Cost is our main concern here and the half term prices are hefty!
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deejaybee, Briancon is usually the cheapest place for accommodation. Le Lauzet, Le Casset and Les GUibertes are some of the smaller Monetier villages that may have something as they don't have direct ski access.
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Here is a previous thread regarding additive.

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=86460&highlight=
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Here is a previous thread regarding additive.

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=86460&highlight=
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deejaybee, have you looked on the tourist office website? http://www.serrechevalier-reservation.com/en/index-locations.htm?reset=1#listing
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Hells Bells, Thanks very much, will do. And thanks Basil, re the additives
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