Starting Your Car in the Cold


There are few things more frustrating than going to start your car on a cold Munster morning only to find out that it won’t start. Why won’t your car start when it’s cold? This could be due to many reasons, so the team at Webb Ford has put together a handy guide as to what the causes might be for a car not starting in the cold and how you can perform a cold-start car jump. Learn how to jump your car in the cold by yourself, or rely on the expertise of the service center at Webb Ford.

Why Won’t My Car Start When It’s Cold?

Sometimes, your car won’t start when it’s cold but starts when it’s warm, and this could just be the result of the colder temperature’s effect on your vehicle. However, it could also indicate a problem with your vehicle that may need to be serviced. Here are some common reasons why your car won’t start when it’s cold:

  1. Battery Output: Car batteries produce less electrical current when it’s cold compared to when it’s warm, so they sometimes aren’t as efficient in the cold.
  2. Engine Oil: Engine oil becomes thicker in the cold, meaning that it doesn’t flow through the engine as efficiently as when it’s warm, and this can cause the battery to work harder than normal, which puts strain on the battery.
  3. Fuel Line: If there’s moisture in the fuel lines, then they can freeze and cause a fuel line blockage, preventing fuel from flowing to the engine as efficiently. If you drive a diesel vehicle, then it’s important to remember that diesel can gel in the cold, taking longer to get to the engine.
  4. Carburetor: Because of their small nozzles, carburetors can become clogged and can prevent any moisture from evaporating. This should only apply to Schererville drivers with older cars, but it’s something to keep in mind.

How to Start Your Car in the Cold

Now that you know some of the reasons why your car won’t start in the cold, let’s go over some of the solutions to start up your car and get you back on the Griffith roads. Here are some solutions to start your engine back up:

  1. Turn off all electrical systems and everything, and wait a few minutes before starting up your car since these systems use up battery power.
  2. Dip the clutch when starting your ignition. This allows the battery to work less, giving you a better chance of starting your car.
  3. Locate your battery, and take a look at the cables to make sure that they are clean of corrosion.
  4. Consult your owner’s manual for battery and cable locations.
  5. Check to see if your engine is low on oil, and top off your engine with a little bit of oil if it’s low.

Performing a Cold-Start Car Jump

If your car isn’t starting during the cold, then you may need to perform a cold start. What is a cold start? A cold start is just like a regular jump-start that’s performed on a car during colder temperatures. Here’s how to perform a cold-start car jump:

  1. Make sure that you have jumper cables and a working car.
  2. Turn off both cars and make sure that they’re parked.
  3. Attach one of the red jumper cables to the positive terminal of the good battery.
  4. Attach the other red jumper cable to the battery of the car that won’t start.
  5. Attach the black jumper cable to the negative terminal on the good battery.
  6. Attach the remaining black cable to an unpainted metal surface on your vehicle.

Once you have everything hooked up, start the car up with the good battery, then shut it off after a few minutes, and start your car. Once your car has started, remove the cables in the reverse order you put them on the cars and wait about 10-15 minutes before turning off your car to ensure that your battery is charged up. For jumper cables or other parts to start up your engine, visit our parts store at Webb Ford.

Service Your Car in the Cold at Webb Ford

The Highland winters can get cold, which is why Webb Ford is here to help your vehicle stay warm and running properly during the colder months. Contact us for any questions, and schedule a visit to our service center for quick and affordable service.