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'99 Toyota Sienna won't start in -18F

(Accidentally posted this in the Toyota Corolla section, so re-posting it here)

We're having record cold weather, and don't have a garage to keep our van in. It was last driven the day before yesterday. My husband keeps trying to start it; he can hear a clicking but the engine won't start. We are due for an oil change; the last time it got changed we used 5W-30. He needs to get to work; thank you for your help.

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  • velvet_spark Dec 15, 2008

    My husband said many clicks. Thanks!

  • velvet_spark Dec 15, 2008

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Any idea how to keep the new battery from freezing if/when we have these kinds of temperatures again? (We just moved to a new state - never had to deal with cold like this before.)

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Many clicks = a frozen battery. Replace it. Once they freeze, the case swells, and the plates inside are compromised.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Question: One click, or many clicks when attempting starting?


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50% coolant and 50% water. Nothing else.

Regarding the battery, you can purchase a oil filled battery warmer pad from this link:
I would also consider an engine block heater, also. The engine block heaters that I have seen are a metal device that slides down the oil dipstick tube, and it warms up the oil, to ease starting on really cold days. I use both of these devices on our diesels that we plow snow with; very good results. Hope this helps, and thanks for choosing FixYa to assist with your problem. The graciousness of a FixYa rating would be most appreciated.

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    Thnaks for the FixYa! Much Appreciated!!!!


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Try giving this vehicle a boos, If that doesn't work it may be a bad starter, however if you are in sub-zero temperatures and there is not antifreeze in you vehicle if its water or water-down antifreeze the block might be frozen. If this is a fact then you have to wait for it to warm up, then get it started and immediately have your vehicle winterized. (use pure antifree) Good Luck

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  • O Mclean Dec 15, 2008

    You need spark-plugs, 02 sensors the ones on there maybe aftermarket they may seem new but some after market products are garbage. You need at-least 2-coils cylinder 3 and 5. Also try using some Chevron injector cleaner i the than double the strength use 2 bottles. That should take care of your problem. Replacing the injector can be expensive I think that will do the trick Good Luck


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