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Starting Your Car on a Cold Morning

Auto racing is boring except when a car is going at least 172 miles per hour upside down. ~ Dave Barry.

The cold temperatures of winter can be hard on your battery, making it harder to start. There is a proper way to get that engine cranked. This article has pictures to show you how to do it.

Starting your cold on a freezing morning should not include cranking the engine and revving the motor. Winter car care should include preparing your vehicle and it's battery before the onslaught of the cold weather. These tips are precautions you should take with your battery while the weather is still warm. And be sure to have a car emergency kit stashed in the trunk.

Just because it's a cold winter's day and your car does not start, it doesn't automatically mean your battery is dead. This video shows you what to do
if your car won't start
. You might not need a new battery after all.

On the other hand, sometimes the doggone battery just won't crank. Here's what to do when your car won't start on a frigid winter's day.

Keeping your car's gas tank full and adjusting your antifreeze/coolant mix are some of the steps you can take to winterize your car. Now that the weather is cold, the age-old debate rages: Is it necessary to warm your car up when the weather is frigid? Yes, warm up your damn car if it's cold is this author's opinion. On the other hand, this article gives the pros and cons of warming up your car in frigid weather, and offers a reasonable balance.

And finally, isn't it time to get rid of those cold-weather car myths once and for all? You'd be surprised at what far too many motorists believe when it comes to winter car care and driving

Back to: Driving in Winter - Part 1

* Starting Your Car on a Cold Morning
* Clean That Snow off Your Roof!
* Removing Windshield Ice
* Opening a Frozen Lock
- Opening a Stuck Lock 
* Frozen Doors, Locks, Wipers, Gas Lines
 - Stuck Doors, Locks, Wipers, Gas Lines

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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~ Charles Dickens