How to Start Your Car in the Cold

December 17th, 2017 by

No one wants to be stuck outside with a car that won’t start. At Glenbrook Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM and FIAT, we know that the cold can have a
profound effect on the function of your automobile. That is why as your used Chrysler car dealers near Indianapolis, IN, we come up with some tips to keep you moving.

Everything from your tires to your windows is going to be affected by the cold. But it is the battery and engine that will feel it the worst. Low temperatures impact your car battery’s ability to hold a charge. Without the proper charge, you can’t get anything else going in the vehicle.

The best way to make sure your car will start on a cold morning is to have put it in a warm place at night. If you already park in a garage (heated or otherwise) you should be in good shape. In unheated garages, using a plug-in heater for the battery might be a big help as well. If a garage is not available to you, try parking under a carport or near a large building—or both if possible. It will provide at least some protection from the elements.

Even after taking these measures, your car still might not start. In this case, it’s time for a jump. Be sure to leave your car on for at least 20 minutes after a jump, or better yet, drive it at least five miles before turning it off. The battery needs the time to charge fully so you aren’t in the same position next time you try to start the car.

In the unfortunate event, you find yourself running into this problem over and over again, it’s time to bring your car to our Dodge service center in Fort Wayne, IN. We’ll take a look to see if there is a
more serious problem to blame, and fix it, so that you can count your vehicle this winter.

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