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Tips to Start your Car Cold

Tips to Start your Car Cold

The cars of today do not suffer as before the problems of starting in cold, but in New Zealand a good part of the car park is more than 8 years old and suffers in the cold winters. First of all, if a car is in perfect condition should not have problems at the time of starting but the fact is that the lack of fine tuning plays tricks on many occasions.

Recently we talked about some solutions so that winter does not spoil your car and today we will focus on the moment of the start. Because if the maintenance of the car has not been exemplary and the problems with the start-up appear, we leave you some tips that can help  and that can be applied to the vast majority of vehicles.


It goes without saying that if the car is indoors you have many more chances of starting your car without problems, although this is not always possible. In the event that you have to park on the street, it is best to find a place not very exposed, that is sheltered from the wind and if possible under the street lighting, that something can help.


The Car battery is one of the elements that suffers more problems in winter . A very cold battery has much less starting power than a hotter one. So, a good hot and dry cloth on the battery a few minutes before starting can be an interesting first option. In the event that the battery is broken, we share these tips to buy a new one.


For extreme cases, it is important to know that less viscous (more fluid) oil facilitates cold start. This practice is more widespread in competition engines taking into account the temperature of the place where it runs. Another option is multigrade oils, capable of achieving a better viscosity to start without problems in winter.

In diesel

In diesel cars, you can operate heaters a couple of times; Even if you abuse a little battery, the starter must surely work less. It will always be necessary to wait until the heater warning light goes off (in the form of a spring), to try again.

In gasoline

In gasoline engines taking good care of the spark plugs should not have problems with the start. This element serves to produce the spark that ignites the engine and if its state is not correct it is likely that there are problems to start. In a gasoline car will have the advantage of not needing as much time at idle as in a diesel.


If it is a carburetion engine you can try to take two or three quick and hard strokes before hitting the contact. You will help to prime the carburetor and facilitate the start.


Periodically change the air filters and fuel filters to facilitate starting. Some time ago we talked about the different filters that cars have and some keys for their correct maintenance. In fact, the particulate filter in diesel cars is one of the most common problems.

‘A capón’

If you cannot start the car you just have to look for a small fall in the street and leave the car in neutral, with the inertia you will get speed and it is at that moment when you put the second gear and the car should start.

car in Snowstorm

The tool you want to have in your car whenever snow

Things You Need to Keep in Your Car During a Snowstorm

In the last week the low temperatures have been the protagonists and the snow has made an appearance with some devastating consequences. Last weekend many people were trapped on some roads and today they are still looking for the guilty. We do not have the solution to this question, but we bring you a tool that could be very useful in snow episodes.

It is called ‘Spare Me Rescue Tool’ and as its name suggests, its main purpose is to try to rescue a car from the effects of snow. It is a kind of shovel of 49 centimeters long made of nylon resin with glass filling that has two toothed surfaces. Its strong point is versatility, since it can be used to perform up to five different and interesting tasks for any user.


The first function has nothing to do with snow but is equally important (or more). Everyone has had to change a wheel once and this tool also helps. We have already given a series of tips to carry out this maneuver  and, sometimes, one of the most difficult things is to deflect the screws of the wheel with the pipe wrench. Thanks to the hollow handle of this tool it will be possible to leverage so that it is easier to make force.

As an elevator

Although it is only a matter of practice, sometimes placing the wheel in its place is complicated. Its considerable weight makes it difficult to reach and fit it in its exact place. The ‘Spare Me Rescue Tool’ can also be used as an elevator for the wheel thanks to its curved surface that allows leverage to get more easily to place it in the center.

As shovel

When a significant amount of snow has fallen, one of the most arduous tasks is to take it out of our way. The tool can also be used as a shovel to remove snow from the surroundings of the car. Its compact size also allows to reach narrower spaces such as the low ones and if there is a lot of snow you can remove the one on top of the car. Do not forget how important the roof is, because of the consequences it can bring .

To get traction

If after removing the snow from around the wheels the car does not come out, the tool can also lend a hand. It can be used to catch traction by placing it just below the wheel that is trapped. Thanks to the two toothed surfaces, the wheel can turn and exit without problems. As the surface resting on the floor also has teeth there will be enough grip so that the tool does not run off.

As a scraper

Windshields are also a problem in winter. These large glazed surfaces are the perfect target for ice and are difficult to clean properly. We recently left some tips for your care  and ‘Spare Me Rescue Tool’ can be used as a scraper thanks to its narrow edge. The width is 12.7 centimeters, so it will save time compared to other smaller scrapers.

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