Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Trouble starting when cold or damp outside.

asked by on

Car will not start when the temperature is cold outside or it is damp.

A: This sounds like a possible battery problem...

This sounds like a possible battery problem. Batteries do not perform as well in colder temperatures. Batteries have a rating for starting power measured in cold cranking amps (CCA). I would recommend having your battery load tested by a YourMechanic technician to ensure the battery is producing enough CCAs to start the vehicle. Most likely the battery is not producing enough amperage to crank the starter. If the battery tests bad, have it replaced as soon as possible in order to prevent starting issues in the warmer months. If the battery is not producing enough amps to start the vehicle in the cold temperatures, its barely able to start in the warmer weather and would therefore be risky to continue driving with.

Was this answer helpful?
Recommended services
Get a Quote

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 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

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: My car makes a really annoying noise and sometimes dies right after

Hi there. From the description you have provided your vehicle's moaning noise and intermittent stalling problem could be any number of things. It could be a failed alternator diode making the moaning noise and affecting the idle. A failed...

Q: My car isn't starting, it's really cold out. I was wondering how can I start it with this cold weather

Hi there. Given the description of not being able to start your vehicle, when it is cold and jump starting the vehicle without any problem. This leads me to believe the battery does not have enough cold cranking amp capacity....

Q: Antifreeze coming out

Hi there. It is possible you may need to replace your thermostat. The thermostat opens when the car gets warm to allow more coolant to flow through the cooling system. When it fails, it can become stuck closed and will...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.