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What to check first when your car won't start in cold weather

Temperatures are dropping and you'll want to protect your vehicle.
Here's what your should look for if your car doesn't start on cold days.

The first place to look is the battery.
Batteries are less likely to cope with the colder temperatures as they age.

But sometimes the alternator is the real problem.
You'll know this if on a cold morning it takes more battery power to get the engine to turn on.
Temperatures in the 30's means it's time to start taking some preventive measures to help protect your vehicles.

If you turn the key and here only a little click, or nothing at all, that usually means your battery has lost its power.

If the alternator fails to charge your battery, then your battery will slowly die, and you'll likely first notice it on a cold morning when it takes more battery power to get the engine to turn over.

Something else you might want to consider is the condition of your oil. If the oil becomes too thick due to cold temperatures, no amount of battery power will be able to get it to turn over. This is why it's a good idea to get your oil changed before cold weather arrives.

Jeremy Lewis- Service Manager
"One more thing is the wipers. You wan to make sure the wipers are good. In the winter, cold weather dries all the rubber seals out."

One other thing you may want to do is check the fluid in your radiator.
Adding enough anti-freeze will help ward off cold weather problems.