Have you ever woken up on a cold winter morning and thought about what a perfect day it would be to stay snuggled under the covers? Only to find that your vehicle wouldn’t start once you finally dragged yourself out of the house, confirming your first thought that you should have stayed in bed? In an effort to avoid those mornings, here are a few tips on starting your car in cold weather.
- Turn off all features. The colder the temperature, the less battery power your vehicle can access. Before you turn your vehicle off, turn off your radio, heater, lights, etc. to reserve power for when you next start the engine. On the note of leaving your vehicle for the night, don’t put on your parking brake. It can actually freeze into place.
- Check your antifreeze. In your antifreeze reservoir, there should be a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water in a green, pink, or blue shade. If it is not one of those three colors, you will want to stop by Union Park BMW to have the system flushed and refilled with a fresh mixture. For an extremely cold winter, your solution can change to as much as 70% antifreeze and 30% water.
- Fill your gas tank. Your gas lines are one of many parts of the vehicle that can freeze in the blistering cold. Keeping your gas tank at least half full will prevent that occurrence, though we do suggest you avoid filling your tank with gas containing alcohol.
If your car refuses to start, you may need to grab a fellow brave soul to help jump your vehicle. If neither of your vehicles will start, we highly suggest going with option one and heading back for the warm covers.