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Cold car car is plugged in but is still cold from the -40c weather how do i warmup the car to start it do not have a garage

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    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Even plugged in car won't start or even turn over?

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Your car has a block heater, which heats your coolant to a set temp. Check to see if the block heater has no resistance through it. If it does, replace block heater.

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Fuel shut off p2187


how cold -39F? like my last poster? (far north in canada)
nobody ever posts location, so can't even guess that.
cold to my wife is 68F.
to my car -40F.(or -40C)

1: check all fuses.?
2: fresh fuel, not a winter car , stored all summer >??
3: ever do the 60k mile tuneup ever? or the 120k or the 180K? as mileage dictates?

This car has EFI and as such, starts in cold weather , super well, like no other
system , ever did (carbs) it knows how to set fuel rates based
on true temperatures, the evaporation rate of fuel is very poor
and very cold weather, so goes very very rich to do that.

my wild guess, is the spark plugs are shot. never checked, or serviced ever... just a guess.

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My car doesnt want to start up right away in the morning. Almost like its really cold out and it takes it a min. The rest of the day its fine runs great. Any ideas?


Reason 1 - Gasoline, like any other liquid, evaporates less when it is cold.You have seen this -- if you pour water onto a hot sidewalk it will evaporate a lot faster than it will from a cooler place like a shady sidewalk. When it gets really cold, gasoline evaporates slowly so it is harder to burn it (the gasoline must be vaporized to burn). Sometimes you will see people spray ether into their engines in cold weather to help them start -- ether evaporates better than gasoline in cold weather.

Reason 2 - Oil gets a lot thicker in cold weather. You probably know that cold pancake syrup or honey from the refrigator is a lot thicker than hot syrup or honey. Oil does the same thing. So when you try to start a cold engine, the engine has to push around the cold, gooey oil and that makes it harder for the engine to spin. In really cold places people must use synthetic motor oils because these oils stay liquid in cold temperatures.


Re ason 3 - Batteries have problems in cold weather, too. A battery is a can full of chemicals that produce electrons The chemical reactions inside of batteries take place more slowly when the battery is cold, so the battery produces fewer electrons. The starter motor therefore has less energy to work with when it tries to start the engine, and this causes the engine to crank slowly.

All three of these problems can make it impossible to start an engine in really cold weather. People either keep their cars in heated garages or use "block heaters" to get around these problems. A block heater is a little electric heater that you plug into the wall to keep the engine warm.
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I have trouble starting my van when its is cold. after that its fine. the colder it is the longer it takes to start.


Not an unusual problem.....

Most important- tune-up! Make sure your plugs, distributor cap and rotor (if so equipped), air and fuel filter are OK and have been changed (at minimum) according to your owner's guide.

If your vehicle cranks over slow when cold-starting, consider a new battery. In cold weather, batteries lose efficiency, and older batteries lose more power than new ones.

Next... Gas - the fuel in cold weather states has a formula change in winter months to lower emissions- sometimes going to the next higher grade of fuel (example: from regular to mid-grade) helps.

If you have a garage, keeping the vehicle inside makes a huge difference with cold weather starting.

Keep your fuel tank full. Running the tank down and leaving it near empty most of the time allows condensation, which will result in getting water in your fuel, leading to hard starts and poor performance, and the increased risk of "rusting through" which will cause a leaky fuel tank.

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1995 bmw 525i vehicle having difficulty starting in cold weather vehicle cranks strong but sometimes wont turn over. Also vehicle hesitates and cuts off while driving intermittently. sometimes smells like...


Air intake not adjusting correctly or is there a manual cold weather lever on the air intake pipes on these?
lamda sensors on exhaust? you might get an answer from the ecu if you plug it into a diagnostic machine. I'd take it to a garage

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It can be worn distributor cap/rotor or coolant temperature sensor.
To check it leave car outside, try to activate if it is not use the hair fan and worm up the distributor cap area
http://www.autozone.com/Ntt,distributor%20cap/shopping/allResults.htm
If it helps replace the distributor cap/wiring/spark plugs. If it doesnot help warm up the coolant temperature sensor:
http://www.autozone.com/shopping/repairGuide.htm?pageId=0900c15280090338
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