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15 below outside and car won't start

Ok.. We are in the middle of a few days of 15 below temps and I think the battery is frozen any ideas on what I can do to start the car??/

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  • kimnrick3 Jan 16, 2009

    Ok when i got into the car and turned the key all my accessories worked... I shut them all off and tried to start the car... When I did this all the lights on the dash flashed and there was a clicking from behind the glove box. I read through the manual and it said that in cold temps the battery could in fact freeze.. So I am only guessing that is what happened.. With the clicking maybe it;s the starter but what do I do??? i could take the battery out and bring it inside to thaw but I don't even know how to begin that.. It is also an automatic transmission so that would not help... I do not know how old the battery is.. I also have a battery charger that plugs into an outlet should I try and use that???

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Or starter frozen, I'm in that temp range too, be glad when cold front passes by. Anyway, do you have headlights, accessories etc working? No way to boost it? If standard shift, maybe a little push.

  • RAY CRAZE
    RAY CRAZE May 11, 2010

    how old is the battery and what makes you think it is frozen???

    waiting to help.... ray

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O.k. there are some good signs here. the fact that your lights and things come on tells me the battery is still working..bundle up and take the cable off of your battery.. clean them real good with a small wire brush and then put them back on very tight and secure.. hook your battery charger up then positive on + and neg- on - don't plug it in until you have the wires where they go..
set your desired charge for fast or whatever.. then give it a few hours and your car should start..
there is nothing you can do to protect your battery from the freezing weather.. sooner or later it will be time for a new one... in the mean time get the most out of this one.. good-luck ray

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Yes go ahead and put your charger on it, but not maximum charge, go mid or slow at first, give a while & try to start.

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Most vehicles have problems starting when it is cold. Short of installing a block heater, your problem lies in your battery. if it is cold in your area for a few months of the year, my suggestion is to invest in a higher rated CCA battery, and a block heater.

Cold Cranking Amps is a rating used in the battery industry to define a battery's ability to start an engine in cold temperatures. The rating is the number of amps a new, fully charged battery can deliver at 0° Farenheit for 30 seconds, while maintaining a voltage of at least 7.2 volts, for a 12 volt battery. The higher the CCA rating, the greater the starting power of the battery.

For a temporary fix, remove the battery and take inside for a few hours, or get a jump from an already running vehicle.

This morning it was -19F here, and my new car gave me a fit starting, so you are not alone. Replace the battery, and pay a little higher premium for CCAs and you should be fine.
Good Luck.

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