LeftieBiker
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Re: Cold sucks (literally)

Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:53 pm

Preheating for 2-4 minutes makes the car much more tolerable, while losing only about 3-4% net charge if plugged into level one. I did that for 5 years, with the car parked out in the cold, and it worked fine. I'd activate the climate control right before getting my coat and gloves on. a ~45F interior and warm seat and steering wheel beat the hell out of a frigid car.
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Re: Cold sucks (literally)

Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:59 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:53 pm
Preheating for 2-4 minutes makes the car much more tolerable, while losing only about 3-4% net charge if plugged into level one. I did that for 5 years, with the car parked out in the cold, and it worked fine. I'd activate the climate control right before getting my coat and gloves on. a ~45F interior and warm seat and steering wheel beat the hell out of a frigid car.
Completely agree but I have to say you might be the 2nd (although I doubt I have heard anyone else say it) person I have seen with this ideology. I have seen a lot of posts complaining that preheat times out too soon (its like 30 mins! :shock: )
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Re: Cold sucks (literally)

Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:29 pm

The 3-4 minute preheat is ideal for balancing comfort with energy efficiency, but it requires a car with functioning telematics, or a driver who leaves at the exact same time every day to make it work using the timer.

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Re: Cold sucks (literally)

Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:46 pm

Titanium48 wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:29 pm
The 3-4 minute preheat is ideal for balancing comfort with energy efficiency, but it requires a car with functioning telematics, or a driver who leaves at the exact same time every day to make it work using the timer.

That's true. When I lost telematics in my 2013 SV I was heartbroken in Winter. I showed my housemate how to initiate cabin heating, but she wasn't very willing to be my telematics.
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Re: Cold sucks (literally)

Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:14 am

The best accessory to get for the cold is an electric blanket that you plug into the cigarette lighter... It can cover both passengers front or rear, and is amazing...

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Re: Cold sucks (literally)

Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:23 am

powersurge wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:14 am
The best accessory to get for the cold is an electric blanket that you plug into the cigarette lighter... It can cover both passengers front or rear, and is amazing...

I did use one when I still commuted and it was great, but not for my hands or head.
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Re: Cold sucks (literally)

Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:29 pm

ok I think I found the main problem. PSI was at 31 in the tires. I guess the change in elevation and the cold makes my tires softer. I will check how this affects things. Isn't the recommended psi like 36?

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Re: Cold sucks (literally)

Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:34 pm

coloradoman wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:29 pm
ok I think I found the main problem. PSI was at 31 in the tires. I guess the change in elevation and the cold makes my tires softer. I will check how this affects things. Isn't the recommended psi like 36?
I run 42 PSI. 36 PSI, the handling isn't as good, the tire wear is on the shoulders mostly, and you lose range... At 42 PSI the wear is close to even across the tire.
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Re: Cold sucks (literally)

Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:55 pm

I run 44 psi in summer and 40 in winter for a bit more traction given snow/ice.

Michelin energy savers are rated up to 44psi.

Tesla’s epa tests are at 44psi where the Leaf in the same tires has its test run at 36psi.

So one easy way to outdo your epa range is just inflate to max rated pressure on your tires.
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Re: Cold sucks (literally)

Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:59 pm

I prefer max rated pressure minus 10%, in case of gauge error. That's usually 40psi.
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