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Beginner’s Guide: Starting the Car in Subzero Weather

Beginner’s Guide: Starting the Car in Subzero Weather

One winter morning you may find yourself in a disastrous situation: your car won’t start. What’s the worst that could be! Well, don’t panic and try to revive the 4-wheel companion by fulfilling a few ingenuous action steps.

First of all, turn on all accessories (a radio player, a heater), including headlamps, once getting into the cabin. This way you will ‘wake up’ the engine. In a few minutes take a shot on starting the ignition. Remember that old and new vehicles feature different types of batteries; thus, they require independent approach towards winding up.

In order to revive older makes with carburetors, push on the gas pedal gently, turn the ignition key and hold it for 10 seconds. Depress the accelerator. This move will spray in some fuel into the intake, facilitating in faster revival. If the ignition fails, wait for a couple of minutes (give the battery some time to recover) and try again. As soon as the engine starts, warm up the car for 10-15 minutes before getting under way.

Fuel injection engines are thought to be easier to start off. Just press the clutch pedal and turn the ignition key. Don’t hold the key for more than 10 seconds in order not to overheat the starter. If you fail from the first time, try again in a couple of minutes – things should go better.

To continue, if all your efforts are vain, it’s a sign for jump-starting the vehicle due to ‘dead’ battery. Find some volunteer (luckily, there are many drivers with the bowels of compassion), position his/her car as close to yours as possible. Take the jumper cables, fix them appropriately to the alive and dead engines; make sure that + & - terminals on both batteries overlap.

Start the vehicle in working order and keep it running for several minutes. After this, set about starting off your own engine. If the engine ignites, disconnect the cables. Continue running both automobiles for some time more to ensure that both batteries have enough charge power.

Finally, in case none of the abovementioned methods works out, consider replacing the ‘dead’ engine by a new one. The failure might be connected with the expiration of service life or the impact of chemicals on metal.

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