It is a common phenomenon that during winter season when we are about to go somewhere like to drop our children to school, going to office or to perform any other task. When we are about to start our car in emergency, it stuck and after multiple efforts we are unable to move. It is a condition which we usually face during winter season, when almost each thing get freeze due to severe weather conditions. Usually the temperature goes down below minus degrees by making it difficult to operate automobiles smoothly. There are three major reasons when cars are not starting up in cold weather.
Reason # 1 – Gasoline, like any other liquid, evaporates less when it is cold.
We have seen this time & again, if we pour water onto a hot sidewalk it will evaporate a lot faster than it will from a cooler place like a shady sidewalk. When it gets really cold, gasoline evaporates slowly so it is harder to burn it (the gasoline must be vaporized to burn). Sometimes we see people spray ether into their engines in cold weather to help them start because ether evaporates better than gasoline in cold weather.
Reason # 2 – Oil gets a lot thicker in cold weather.
As we know that cold pancake syrup or honey from the refrigerator is thicker than hot syrup or honey. Oil performs the same function. So when we try to start a cold engine, the engine has to push around the cold sticky oil which makes it harder for the engine to spin. In really cold places people must use synthetic motor oils because these oils stay liquid in cold temperatures.
Reason # 3 – Batteries have problems in cold weather, too.
A battery which is full of chemicals that produces electrons. The chemical reactions inside batteries take place more slowly when the battery is cold, so the battery produces fewer electrons. The starter motor therefore has less energy to work with when it tries to start the engine, and this causes the engine to crank slowly.
Tips for getting the car started in the cold weather:
- Understanding why the car won’t start
Before discussing other things, it’s important to know why the cold is keeping your motor from running efficiently. First, low temperatures cause the chemical process that occurs in your car’s battery to stall, meaning you get less power after triggering the ignition process. This, coupled with the fact that your car’s oil gets thicker when cold, is what stopping your car from starting
- Tickle the pedal just right
Believe it or not, there really is a ‘knack’ to getting your car started when the conditions are all wrong. Of course this is not guaranteed to work all the time, but it’s worth trying to get that engine started by using a few simple techniques that might work when you’ve exhausted all other options. This process is known as ‘Coaxing the Engine,’ and you do this by depressing the accelerator pedal just once before releasing it. This coaxes a small amount of fuel into the intake and in some cases can actually trigger the engine into start position. However, this method only works with engines that feature carburetors and not fuel-injected vehicles.
- Push it hard, but not too hard
One should ease off their car battery if it simply refuses to start in the cold. Pushing your vehicle too far can really damage the starting process and when that happens you’re going to get nowhere. If you’re having real difficulty it’s best to give the battery and engine a break before starting again.
- Can you actually get into your car?
It is obvious that you aren’t going to have much luck getting your engine started if your vehicle is frozen shut. That’s not rocket science, that’s just common sense. This sounds odd but it seems that if you rub half a raw onion over your windshield and locks the night before, it can help drastically reduce the chances of freezing them over solid. Cleaning cloths soak in rubbing alcohol can help get frozen wiper blades unstuck, while heating your car key over a lighter or stove for a moment can help melt icy car locks.