How to Start a Vehicle in Cold Weather
Cold-Weather Car Starting Tips
If your car wouldn’t start this morning because of the subzero temperatures, you have come to the right place. In this post, we will show you how to start your car in cold weather.
1. Turn Everything Off
All your electrical accessories such as radios, headlights, and A/C system use up battery power, so you need to turn them off before trying to start the car. This will give the battery a better chance of getting the engine running. If you successfully start the engine, let it run for 10 minutes before you switch any of these accessories back on. Otherwise, you run the risk of killing the battery again.
2. Dip the Clutch When Turning on the Ignition
Dip the clutch slightly as you turn the ignition. In this way, you will reduce the amount of work the battery has to do and gives the engine a better chance of starting up, even in a cold car.
3. Check the Engine Oil Level
Always check the engine oil level. If there is not enough oil, it puts a lot more stress on the battery to start the engine. Furthermore, if the battery is cold, you will never get it to do its job. Use a dipstick to check oil levels and, if it’s looking low, top it up before you try to start the engine again.
4. Inspect Your Battery Leads
If you can see signs of corrosion on the battery cables, then you’ll need to clean them. Disconnect the negative cable first and clean it with a toothbrush and a mixture of baking soda and water. Remember always to reconnect the negative cable last to avoid electric shock.
Also, make sure to check how tight cables are, as loose wires can stop the current from flowing correctly. If the clamps are loose, tighten them up before trying to get the engine going.
5. Call a Jump Start Service
When you contact 24 Hour Mobile Mechanics we will get your location, type of vehicle; car, coach, truck, semi-tractor trailer, motor-home, or RV, and give you a low flat rate for a jump start. We will dispatch an ASE-Certified mobile mechanic that will get you back on the road in no time. Call us at (314) 513-2995.