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Starter motor has not enough power to turn motor over when cold

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A couple of issues could be causing this issue.
First thing is to check the engine oil and see that it full and not to thick or the incorrect grade of oil.
Secondly, I would make sure that the battery has a full charge and that you check all the connection.
This issue is most often caused from batteries not being removed in the winter and the battery goes dead and in the the summer months it's charged often enough to start. However batteries loss some of their ability in cold weather to crank as hard. so therefore a battery that has froze or been disharged in the winter is usually the culprit.

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