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Last thursday the 1998 f-150 would not start in extremely cold temperatures. thought it was the battery but later in the day it started fine, I did charge the battery last thursday, but this morning the check engine light came on. any suggestion?


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F the light is on steady it is prob one of the emission sysytem's like 02 sensor.. as long as light is not blinking ok to drive till fixed..

Clear light by: taking batt cable off for about 3 min and prees your foot on break while cable is off.. then put cable back on.. light will go off for a while but as soon as it sees the problem again it will come on

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Extreme temps can cause all kinds of problems even with an otherwise well running vehicle.
To combat this, always have a fully charged battery with the highest cold cranking amp rating you can afford. Use the largest diameter battery cables you can find...Thin ones create resistance and eat up voltage before it reaches the starter and electronics.
Use a quality synthetic oil in the engine...It helps allow the engine turn free when cold.
Consider using a block heater if very cold temps are normal in your area.
Use 3oz of acetone per 10gal of fuel evaporates faster than gasoline and enhances cold starts. (been doing that for years and never have had a system failure related to it's use)
Make sure your temperature sending unit is working properly. This is critical especially in extreme cold...the computer reads engine temp from there and if the sensor is a bit out of range, it can cause a slight lean condition that can make starting difficult.
And of course, make sure you have a good set of spark plugs...worn ones will work but the spark needs to jump further...In very cold temps this can lead to problems.
Likely, something I just mentioned will help. (unless you have other problems you did not mention)
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