How To: Start your Car in Cold Weather

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When cold weather sweeps in and decides to play a toll on our vehicles, it can put a delay on your morning commute. Many of you may wake up today or tomorrow, go outside, and realize you cannot get your car started. This is common occurrence when temperatures drop below freezing and wind chills are in the negative range. Cold weather can do a number on your car, that’s why it’s important to have a plan in case you can’t get your vehicle started.

  • Try turning the key to the start position repeatedly for about 10 times. Then let the car sit for about 5 minutes, now you can try starting your vehicle.
  • You can also try gently pressing on your gas pedal while still parked. This will send a small amount of fuel to the engine and potentially allow you to start your car.
  • Make sure all devices in the car are turned off so that you have more power to start your vehicle. This includes your heater, overhead lights, and radio.
  • If you turn your key and the starter does not turn, then you may have a dead car battery. This means you are going to have to jump-start your vehicle.
  • If you know the temperatures will be dropping overnight, protect your car battery with an engine block heater or insulated battery wrap.
  • If you have the option of parking your vehicle in a garage, make sure you do so when the weather is frigid.
  • Almost every owner’s manual has instructions on starting your vehicle when the weather is cold. The manual will have instructions that are specific for your vehicle type.

Overall, if you use any of these car-starting tactics and are still not able to get your vehicle started, then you are going to have to call a mechanic. I hope some of these suggestions did help and you can be on your way. Stay safe and warm on the roads!

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