start car in winter

How to help a car start easily in winter

Guide and tips

Winter mornings can be problematic for you when trying to start your car. Living in those cold areas like Salt Lake City or Pittsburgh this can be a problem that creeps in every morning when you try to start your car. One of the reasons cars won’t start in winter is because car batteries hate the cold. Chemical batteries produce less electric power or current when it is cold. In winter your car engine oil will become thicker and it will not flow well as needed and this will require your car battery to do much more work in getting your car started. Other reasons why your car won’t start in winter include Carburetor issue especially for the cars that were there before the mid-1980s, Moisture in the fuel lines. Here are some of the solutions you can apply to help start your car easily during winter.

Keep your Car warmKeep your Car warm

Ensuring that you park your car in a garage will help keep your battery warm than it could be if parked in an open place. If you park in a heated garage the better for your battery to stay warm during the cold season and this will help you start your car easily when you start using it. In winter places using battery heaters or engine block heater can help keep the car engine warm, these heaters are readily found in harsh climates. Engine block heater is easily plugged into an electrical outlet to maintain warm temperatures around the engine and keep the oil flowing well together with the other fluids. Fixing a battery Wrap or blanket around your battery can help with heating and keeping your car battery warm as well.

Jump start your Carbattery cables

When you find your car, won’t start in the cold weather, you can jump-start your battery to have the car start easily. To do this you will need to have best jump starter, you also use the jumper cables and someone with a car that is running well to help jump start your battery or simply equip a jump starter along. After jump starting your battery let it run for about 20 minutes before starting your car. This will help give your dead battery some current to help start your car easily in winter. Check out for corrosion or even spoiled cables in your battery that could be hindering the flow of electricity. Clean all the cables and clamps then try starting your car again. If the battery won’t come alive the only solution now would be to replace it and get a new battery that won’t be problematic during winter when starting your car. When replacing your battery, wear protective glasses and gloves. The acid in car batteries may give hazardous hydrogen gas when handled wrongly.

Use a lightweight oil Use a lightweight oil

During winter car engine oil can become a very big problem because in cold weather the engine oil becomes thicker and it doesn’t flow well and this calls for a lighter oil. Lightweight oil flows easily in cold weather. Using lightweight oil will help in starting your car easily during cold times. By checking your owner’s manual, you will be able to choose the right oil Viscosity for winter. Having a new oil filter during winter will come in handy when starting your car. The filter should be able to remove the smallest particle from the oil while offering least resistance to the oil flow.

Check for blocked fuel linesCheck for blocked fuel lines

In a situation where water gets into the fuel lines during winter, the fuel lines will freeze so much and fast. When the gas level goes below the half tank, the tank fills with air and the moisture in the air freezes into ice and this clogs the lines. This situation can happen overnight or just a few hours when the car is left in the cold. One of the common causes of a car not starting easily in the morning is frozen fuel line. You can defrost your fuel lines by rubbing some alcohol on them, always keep a spray bottle in your boot to help defrost in winter. Pushing or towing your car to the nearest garage to have the fuel lines unfrozen would help your car to start faster.

Fill your Gas tank during WinterFill your Gas tank during Winter

Ensuring that your tank is filled or at the right levels during winter will help in starting your car easily. Low volumes of fuel during winter may lead to problems while starting your car because when starting your car in the morning during winter the car uses 40% of fuel more than the usual warm days. Always checking and refilling your gas tank during winter will ensure correct levels of fuel and protect you from unseen problems of not being able to start the next day.

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