Once a bout of cold weather sets in, many parts of your car may be affected, including the engine, the tires, and the brakes. If you find yourself having trouble starting your car in the cold weather, there are fortunately several steps that you can take.
Replace the Battery
The most ideal way to repair a car that does not readily start during the cold weather is typically to replace the battery. This is especially true if the current battery is at least four years old. Using your car owner’s manual, identify the correct group size for your new battery. From your options, choose a battery that has a significant amount of cold cranking amps; this means it will be able to start your engine in cold conditions. It is also a good idea to purchase a fresh battery, not one that has been shelved for many months. Each battery has a code that identifies its date of manufacture, with the 12 months of the year being represented by the first 12 letters of the alphabet, respectively. The year is represented by the last digit of the year, which appears next to the letter that represents the month.
Jump-Start the Car
In the event that you cannot replace your battery and your car will not start, you can jump-start your vehicle using jumper cables and a car with a running engine. Position the two cars so that they are facing each other. Making sure that both engines are off, connect the positive and negative jumper cables to their appropriate terminals on each battery and start the running engine. If the previously dead battery is still unable to start the engine, check that the cables are tightly secured and try again.
If you have followed these tips and your car is still having trouble starting in cold weather, call Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair at (404) 334-9531. We have been a leading tire dealer and repair service since 1965 and we service the Tucker, Smyrna, Sandy Springs, Cumming, and Buckhead areas. Visit our website or stop by today to find out how we can help you.