Q: Q: car wont start

asked by on

It was freezing last night, well below zero, so i expected my car to struggle starting, but i did get it started, for about 10 seconds. it died, and now it just turns over, occasionally firing up for a second. I got some starting fluid and sprayed into the air intake to see if it could give it a little help, but it makes no difference. It has plenty of gas in it, and I get gas from a store that has good tanks, so no frozen gas lines (i hope). It ran just fine the night before. first time it has happened.

My car has 175000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello, thank you for writing in. The cold weather can cause a wide variety of problems for your vehicle. You can start by testing for spark and fuel pressure to make sure the engine is receiving what it needs in that respect. Also consider the oil and how the cold weather causes it to become thick and lose its characteristics. Try using a thinner oil that will warm up quicker (but stay within your manufacturer’s specifications). Also, one of the most important component is the battery and charging system. Car batteries do not fare well in cold weather. You may also want to check the alternator. It may be causing the spark voltage to be low or non-existent. For more diagnostic help, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: car wont start

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Can this van's alternator be put in a 2004 chevy impala?

The alternators on the two vehicles are not compatible with each other. The computers on these vehicles control the alternator charge rates and you could have a computer problem and should have the system diagnosed by a qualified mechanic like...

Q: Bad fuel pump or another issue? 1992 GMC C1500

Hello - I agree with you that this is likely a fuel supply issue. There are several possibilities as the source of the problem fuel pump or fuel pump relay (runs, but gets hot and fails), fuel filter clogged, dirty...

Q: Starter not working and lighting issues

Be sure the battery is fully charged. "New" batteries are not necessarily fully charged at time of sale. Of course, confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car from starting. If there is...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...