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How to Keep Your Car Running Well in Cold Weather
Cold weather affects how a car performs. Get snow tires, check your car battery, wash and wax your car, and check car fluids to help winter driving.
How to Start a Car in Cold Weather
Battery, oil, and fuel problems can make a car difficult to start in cold weather. Find out how to prevent starting issues related to weather.
How to Check Tire Pressure When It's Cold Outside
Car tire pressure changes depending on the outside temperature. Check your tire pressure in cold weather to improve car efficiency and performance.
5 Essential Things to Know About Driving in Bad Weather
Knowing how to drive in bad weather will help you stay safe. Drive slowly, brake early, and prepare for black ice to drive safely in bad weather.
How to Safely Drive on Icy Roads
Knowing how to drive on iced-over roads is an big part of safe winter driving. Prepare in advance, check your tires, and drive slowly to drive on ice.
4 Essential Things to Know About Winter Driving
Driving in snow is different than how you normally drive. Drive more slowly, keep your car clean, and use your car equipment carefully to stay safe.
How to Safely Drive When There’s Black Ice
Black ice is a thin layer of slick ice on a road. Staying away is the best way to drive safely on black ice, but if you hit it, avoid sudden braking.
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Trunk Lift Support Shocks
Common signs include the trunk lid being hard to open, not staying open, or not opening at all.
How to Buy Good Quality Tire Snow Socks
When When the white stuff starts to fall, you need to take action. For many drivers, installing winter tires is the right choice. For others, using tire chains is better. However, you might actually benefit from something else – tire...
How to Buy a Good Quality Car Battery
Turning Turning the key and hearing, well, nothing – or at best a weak attempt at cranking – can be very stressful. Oftentimes this is the result of a dying or already dead car battery, the unit under your car’s...
Safe Winter Driving Techniques
You have to change how you drive in snowy weather. Drive slowly, don't use cruise control, and know how to control a skid to drive safely in winter.
How to Release a Stuck Parking Brake
The parking brake (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/4-essential-things-to-know-about-your-car-s-parking-brake) is an important braking component that is only used when a vehicle is parked. It helps to take unnecessary...
How to Get Your Car Ready For Driving in Winter
Winterizing your car means getting it ready for cold weather. Check your car fluids and pack a car emergency kit to prepare your car for winter.
How to Prevent Car Doors From Freezing Shut
Frozen car doors are a disaster if you're in a rush. Replace door gaskets, clean the door frame, and protect your door locks to fix frozen car doors.
Why Washing Your Car in Winter is Important
Keeping your car clean in winter makes your car last longer. Wash your car in winter to prevent rust under your car and keep ice off your windshield.
How to Get Ice Off Your Windshield
Windshields need de-icying when ice accumulates in winter. Ice is removed by scraping with a credit card, spraying de-icer, or using warm water.
What to Do if Your Car Fishtails
Fishtailing is a type of skidding, usually caused by over-steering in icy weather. Careful adjustment to driving should be taken to stay safe.
How to Remove Frost from Car Windows
Dealing with ice on your windshield can be hard to remove. Luckily there are multiple ways to defrost the ice on your windshield to make things easy.
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Live in a Cold Climate
If If you live in a cold climate, likely one of your biggest concerns when you are considering which used vehicle you should buy is how well it will perform in snowy, icy conditions. We have evaluated a number of...
How Long Should It Take a Heater to Warm Up in Cold Weather
When When you turn on your car’s heater, it should start blowing warm air. If the engine is already at operating temperature, this should happen immediately. However, if your engine is cold, it will take longer and if the weather...

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Stalling then hard to start

When you start your car in the morning and turn the key to on, the coolant temperature sensor immediately reads the temperature of the coolant and relays this to the computer indicating that the coolant is cold. The computer then...

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...

Cold start issues

Hello. A no start condition can be caused by many things. If you believe that the engine is flooding and then there is likely an issue with the vehicle's fuel or engine management systems that are causing the problems. If...

My car misfires when it's cold al so idling rough

Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having one of several issues including clogged fuel injectors, poor compression (metal expands when hot), any of your air intake sensors, or a vacuum leak. The valves and lifters can...

What do I need to look for when I have to give the car gas when it's cold?

The fuel injectors have internal filter baskets and thus the only way to clean and service them is to remove them from the fuel rail and send them to a lab such as Mr. Injector (http://www.mrinjector.us) for ultrasonic cleaning on...

cold start issues and would not start in 28 degree weather.

Hi there. Check the glow plug circuits and the timer circuit to the glow plugs. The block heater should be plugged in during cold weather if the vehicle is left outside. The glow plugs are to heat up the cylinders...

I have a cold weather auto start feature in my auto start remote.

Hi there. The cold weather timer is a great feature to have, but you can adjust the time for the auto start to stay on for. I recommend setting the timer for 20 minutes to allow the engine to warm...

Truck won't start when outside temp drops below 45 degrees.

Hello There, It sounds like you may have a fuel pressure problem. Try turning the key on 3-4 times before trying to start the motor as this will cause the fuel pump to come on priming the fuel system with...

When its cold my car door won't shut

Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your door latch mechanism may be getting stuck, perhaps due to the cold weather. You may be able to apply some sort of lubricant to the mechanism that may remedy the...

How much to replace an alternator

Hello. The symptoms you describe are more commonly associated with a bad battery. If a battery is old or worn it may not be able to hold a charge, which will result in a no start condition once the battery...

My car won't start after cold weather

The most likely cause for this is that the battery went bad (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-long-does-a-car-battery-last_2), especially if it is more than about three years old. Some cheap batteries are only good for a couple of years. Have the battery and charging system...

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...

Cold engine problems.

This may be related to the idle air control module/valve (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/idle-control-valve-replacement), which is a component that monitors the amount of of air intake at idle as it is mixed with the fuel prior to being injected into the motor. When...

2010 Mazda 3 start issues

There are many causes of hard starting but illustrative ones are a faulty engine coolant temperature switch (sensor), malfunctioning idle air control (IAC) valve, vacuum and EGR leaks, inadequate fuel delivery or pressure (clogged fuel filter, injectors), and contaminated or...

It got really cold the next morning. I went to start my car and my belt will not turn. I drove it the day before the cold no problem.

Hi there. There could be a few things that could be going on. Either the battery (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/battery-replacement) was low on a charge or low on water and froze up causing the vehicle not to start up, or when the oil...

My Jeep starts for a couple of minutes but it wont stay running.

Hi there. If the engine is trying to start up and not staying on then the fuel could be jelled up in the fuel tank at the temperatures outside if there is excessive water in the fuel. I recommend putting...

When cold, Engine shakes and hesitates during acceleration

Hello There, 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...

Why is my car not starting properly

Hello, thank you for writing in. Vehicles can have a hard time starting in cold weather for several reasons. Due to the reaction from the engine when you introduced starter fluid, it may be a fuel issue causing your symptoms....

Truck shuts off when i stop before I hit the brake pedal but idles just fine. What can cause that to happen?

Hello. Engine stalling can be caused by many things. A few common causes are issues with the fuel, ignition, or engine management systems. If any of the components to one or more of these systems fails or has an issue...

Car starts weak and rumbles

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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