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Unhappy 89 GT 4ws in winter.

k so last month i was lucky 2 fall into an 1 gen 4ws and am having to get winters and rims.Since we had a crazy winter last year here in Vancouver, and i don't want to hit any curbs of course its instant love with this car. I hate when i start the engine cold it clicks just like my old b2200 [oil pump maybe?] but never happens in warm weather.
I love this car and will get a block heater if that is what it takes.
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is it easier spin out of control in a turn on ice then front wheel steering?
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is it easier spin out of control in a turn on ice then front wheel steering?
what weight oil are you using? Just get 4 snow tires. All front wheel drive cars should have 4 snow tires anyway.

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weight? i just bought it a couple weeks ago all i know is that its synthetic
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havent changed the oil yet
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Get 0W-30 or 5W-30 fully synthetic oil, also get a block heater, that helps alot.

Get some good winter tires, 185/65-15, studded if you have too, just dont cheap out, its gonna bite you in the ass later.
The 4WS + ABS brakes should mean the car handles better than a regular mx6 on snow actually.

And, remember, if it feels like its going too fast, its probably too late to start braking

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I have four snow specific tires and rims on my 88 4ws 626. It handles like a dream but super loud on the highway. I need to get some better oil in my car. The 4ws is a great safety feature in the winter, it allows more control around corners.

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thanks pals, i love this car and plan on keeping it going for the next 5 years till i can get my collector plates.
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Wibla,

Not sure how your liking the ABS in the winter. I HATE abs in teh winter. I like to pump the brakes rather then slide uncontrollably into the intersection with abs whirring about. I used to just pull the abs fuse, but i have since removed the abs system entirely.

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my ABS isnt working, I wasnt even aware it had ABS when i bought the car

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my ABS isnt working, I wasnt even aware it had ABS when i bought the car
I cut all teh sensors off finally and removed the ABS unit. YOu can actually save 50 lbs by taking it out. I was able to bend the old line up the the master cylinder no problem. You do however need a NON-ABS proportioning valve. Located on teh firewall.

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Yeh. Im hearing noises when turning the wheel now, so im dreading that the front steering rack is going out. Then i can just scrap the car, a new rack is probably worth its weight in gold at a dealership

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clicks?

like top end (valvetrain) rattle? probs just the hydraulic lifters, i presume they are hydraulic coz my car rattles a bit when i first start it up

you can get additives to help free up the lifters, but so long as your using good oil and let it warm up properly before you flog it then i wouldnt worry
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0w30 oil will help alot. and a good oil filter (not FRAM for these)

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Dude , if your gonna buy tires , get cooper weathermasters. i swear to god i put some on my sisters neon and no word of a lie , i can move easily through 2 feet of snow .And im talking with ease . If u dont beleive me i will post a vid lol
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