Frigid winter weather can cause cars to become sluggish, especially when trying to start first thing in the morning. There is nothing worse than running late to work and being met with a vehicle that will not start.

Low temperatures can cause your car battery to produce a weaker current, making it difficult for your engine to turn over in the morning. Additionally, the cold can also restrict your engine oil flow, which adds to the battery’s strain.

Before grabbing the jumper cables, here are a few handy tricks to try next time your vehicle refuses to start:

  • Turn everything off. All electrical accessories such as heaters, headlights, and radios utilize battery power, so make sure to turn all of these off before attempting to start the car. If your car does start, let it run for a while before using these accessories so you don’t run the risk of killing the battery again.
  • Check your battery. Take a peek under the hood and look at your battery leads. If you see any corrosion you’ll need to clean it in order for your battery to function properly. Wear goggles and gloves, disconnect the battery cables (negative first), and clean the corrosion with a brush and a mixture of baking soda and water. When you replace the cables, remember to connect the negative one last to prevent electric shock.
  • Fill up your engine oil. Low oil levels can create strain on the battery to start the engine, and a cold battery can make matters worse. Check the levels and if the dipstick indicates that levels are low, top it up before attempting to start again.

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