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Starting issues when it's cold outside
This is common for most cars in extreme winter months when the temperature drops. As you may know, car batteries create electrical current based upon chemical reactions inside the battery cell. When these chemicals are subjected to extreme cold, these...
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My car gauge goes to regular temperature, there's coolant in the system, but the heater doesn't blow out hot air?
Hey there. I would check the fuse for the heater control valves first. These are solenoid-operated valves which allow or shut off hot water to the heater core. If they are not opening, there is no hot water in the...
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Dies out at start, squealing/whistling sound, battery light comes on when it dies and wont stay running unless hold my foot the on gas.
A motor needs more fuel to run cold than it does after it warms up. There are number of conditions that can exist that will create this problem. First I will address a few things you mentioned in your question....
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Doesn't start in the morning when the engine is cold. What's the problem? 2000 Dodge Van Ram 2500
Hi there. This can be caused by a number of things. Most of the time, it is necessary to check for fuel and spark when this occurs. This will let me know where to start with the diagnostics. Most of...
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When the weather is nice outside, the car start fine. When it is cold, the car refuses to start until I try it several time
Hello, the first step in resolving this problem is to determine if there are any problem codes set by engine management - even if the Check Engine light is not illuminated. Most auto parts supply stores will check this for...
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No heat when it is cold outside?
Hello there, many faults will cause a lack of heat in your 2012 Ford Focus. When the air is not getting hot, the problem can either be with the air inside the car or a cooling system fault. The most...
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Protecting my car's battery in cold weather
A car battery relies on a chemical reaction in order to produce usable power or current. Cold weather is known to slow this process down which wreaks havoc on car batteries, resulting in them dying much quicker than when in...
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Trouble starting car when cold
The starting issues scream timing. The typical causes that set these codes are the cam and crank position sensors. The only option you have not tried to my knowledge is the camshaft position sensor. I would start there. With all...
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Starting problem - 2005 Hyundai Tiburon
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Check the mass air flow (MAF) sensor for any debris or if it has a bad connection. If the sensor is dirty, clean the sensor, and put it back on. If the sensor...
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Emergency brake light won't stay on. If really cold in the morning, it's out until I drive for about a mile or so
Hi there. Check the cables to the parking brake when you set the parking brake. There is a parking brake sensor attached to the pedal and if the sensor is tripped, the indicator brake light will come on the dash....
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Stalls and stutters only in the morning when I start it
As a general rule, car engines do not like cold weather and do not do operate as well in cold weather. When you start your car in the morning and turn the key to on, the coolant temperature sensor immediately...
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Car is running rich - 1990 Jeep Wrangler
Starting any engine in cold weather is never an easy task as they simply do not like cold weather and do not run well in it. When you first go to start your Jeep on a cold morning and turn...
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Seems like a belt squeal upon cold start and gets louder with acceleration. Stops after the car is warmed.
This may be related to a squeaky belt. In cold weather these belts will make this kind of squeal when the rubber belt material is cold. The cold weather causes rubber to be less pliable and a bit brittle. As...
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My car want start when cold Without acceleration
On a car of this age, make sure all engine maintenance (plugs, wires, filters) is up to date and change the fuel filter. If the difficulty still persists, a hard starting diagnostic, performed by YourMechanic, would identify the issue. Possible...
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I get a misfire on cylinder 4. After the car warms up it runs fine. Could it be plugs?
As a general rule, car engines do not like cold weather and do not do operate as well in cold weather. When you start your car in the morning and turn the key to on, the coolant temperature sensor immediately...
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My car will not start when the outside temperature is very cold
Several things can cause these starting issues. Is the vehicle attempting to crank over, or does the starter not engage to begin with? Always start by making sure all the electrical connections are clean, dry, and tight. Your particular make...
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My car starts and then dies several times before it will stay running, but only when it's cold
Hi there. One of the most overlooked issues that can cause hard starting when it's cold is a malfunctioning engine coolant temperature sensor. If the coolant level is low, the coolant temperature sensor can send false information to the computer,...
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When I start my car on a cold morning I have to pump the accelerator to get it to start.
As a general rule, car engines do not like cold weather and do not do operate as well in cold weather. When you start your car in the morning and turn the key to on, the coolant temperature sensor immediately...
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My 2003 Toyota Sequoia starts then dies and does this a couple of times until it stays running. It only does this when it's cold.
Although it is a little cumbersome, you could try to rule in or out a fault in the fuel delivery system by having an assistant quickly introduce "starter fluid" into the intake right at the point (very quickly, of course)...
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Cold Starting Problems
As a general rule, car engines do not like cold weather and do not do operate as well in cold weather. When you start your car in the morning and turn the key to on, the coolant temperature sensor immediately...

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