Facing Winter Troubles in Starting Your Car? Here's What You Must Do!
Winter is brutal on our bodies and virtually everything exposed to it, including your vehicle. It is worse if your car is parked outdoors in the open air. You are not the only one whose automobile did not start when you awoke in the morning. When the temperature drops at night, your car undergoes numerous changes, the most significant of which is the battery. If your car's battery is strong, it will be easy to start.
Let’s Deal with the Issue
In winter, engine oil viscosity increases, causing it to behave like a viscous liquid that does not flow smoothly. Moisture existing in the fuelling system may freeze and result in blockage, preventing the engine from starting on occasion. In sub-zero temperatures, the first step in starting an automobile is to turn off all accessories, such as the heater, radio, and lights. Then, insert the keys into the ignition, attempt to start the vehicle, and hold the key for a few seconds. If the engine has not yet started, wait some time, and repeat the procedure. It will assist the engine oil in warming up quickly and begin flowing, aiding in starting the vehicle.
The first thing you may inspect is the battery's condition. If you haven't yet done so recently, you must inspect the battery's connections and cables. Even if the wires are in good shape, you must check for a loose node, which could be the cause of the battery failure. In addition, check the battery for symptoms of corrosion, which will appear as crusty, salt-like substances.
The engine oil level must constantly be maintained at the recommended level, as the automobile may experience problems other than ignition. However, insufficient engine oil may be the primary cause of your vehicle's inability to start, as it places greater strain on the battery.
The second step is to jump-start the battery with an external source, such as another car or a repair technician. If the battery is in good condition, your automobile will start. Typically, the user manual for your vehicle will have instructions on how to start your car. Carefully read the jump-start instructions, as improperly jumping into a car might cause harm to the vehicle. Additionally, keep your vehicle running for at least 20 minutes following a jump start to replenish the battery; otherwise, you may not be able to restart it after some time. If this is a common occurrence, carrying jumper wires in your vehicle would be prudent.
Clutch is one of the secret tactics that may help you start your engine despite the cold. While attempting to start the automobile, depressing the clutch reduces the load on the battery and gives the engine a little jolt that may do the work.
If the solutions above do not work, it is best to call a mechanic or take your vehicle to a repair shop to establish the specific problem.
Tips to Keep Your Car Winter Ready
If your battery is over three to four years old, evaluate its capacity and replace it if necessary.
Use engine oil according to the automobile manufacturer's instructions. The user handbook contains all available information. Choose the engine oil viscosity based on your region's temperature range between winter and summer. This format will be used when mentioning viscosity: xxW-yy (here, xx & yy are the two-digit numbers). If you want to learn more about the best engine oil for your vehicle, visit https://www.bharatpetroleum.in/ and speak with "URJA".
Some people refer to it as a coolant. It protects your engine from corrosion and other damage. Ensure that your vehicle has sufficient coolant.
Avoid driving your vehicle with a near-empty tank during the winter since this can cause condensation of moisture in the air and form ice blocks in the fuel lines.
Sudden cold can drop tyre pressure by densifying air. Check for tyre leaks regularly. Avoid potholes, bumps, and kerb bumps.
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