Things to Know About Starting A Vehicle in Cold Temperatures - Service Questions serving Sacramento, CA

The Shingle Springs area isn't known for its cold weather. However, if you're visiting a chillier part of the country or we're experiencing an unusual cold snap, you might find that your Subaru has a hard time starting in the morning. Here are five steps you can take to make sure that your Subaru starts when you need it to, even when the mercury begins to drop.


5. Keep Your Vehicle Sheltered

A garage is the best place for your Subaru when it's parked. Garages may be cold, but they're often warmer than outside. If you can't park in a garage, try to park near a building or close to a tree. Anything is better than being out in the open.

4. Make Sure You Have a Good Battery

Car batteries don't function as well when it's cold outside. You might find that even a battery that's in decent shape could cause trouble in freezing temperatures, since it may not be able to hold a charge as well as when it's warmer out. If your battery is near the end of its lifespan, it's a good idea to have it replaced before colder temperatures arrive.

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3. Use the Right Oil

If you have your oil changes done at the dealership, you can skip right past this step. Otherwise, it's very important. If you use any oil other than what's recommended by the manufacturer, it could be hard for the oil to flow properly. This is especially pronounced in the cold.


2. Turn Off Electrical Accessories

Before you start your Subaru, make sure to turn off the headlights, heater, and anything else that takes electricity. This will allow your battery to give all its attention to turning over the engine. Once your Subaru starts running, feel free to turn these accessories back on.

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1. Try Again

If your engine cranks, but doesn't quite turn over, give it a few minutes, then try again. Think of it as the equivalent of pressing a snooze button on an alarm clock. It may just need a moment to respond properly.

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