A vehicle that does not start during cold weather is always an anxious and stressful moment. But, remember—the right information can help you to avoid this potentially dire situation.
Proper starting procedures should be performed in order to prevent exhausting your vehicle’s battery. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we know that it all begins by performing regular and ongoing maintenance and upkeep.
Proper Maintenance To-Do List
1.) Ensure that you’re using the correct oil. Automotive experts recommend 5W-20 for year-round use, so make sure that you get an oil that will withstand freezing temperatures.
2.) Check your battery regularly. When was the very last time that your battery was tested by your mechanic or local parts store? Battery cells have an average lifespan of 3-4 years. They can conduct a speed test that will quickly tell you whether your battery is weak and dying and might need replacement. The alternator must also be checked if it’s properly charging your car battery.
Troubleshooting Your Vehicle During Colder Weather
3.) Battery leads should be cleaned and tightened. Check your battery cables and see if there are any signs of corrosion. Clean the battery and free it from rust and corrosion build-up. Wear protective clothing before doing the clean-up. After cleaning the battery from corrosion, check if the cables are tightened.
4.) Engine oil should be topped off. One cause of a hard starting is when your car is low on engine oil. With a cold weather temperature, the little engine oil will inevitably have the engine struggle in the start-up. Check your oil level through its dipstick. Top up your engine oil if it’s low before you try to start it again.
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