Tips to Start your Car Cold

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.

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