Protect Your Car on Cold Winter Mornings
things ensure your car is ready to go when you are. Learn the
correct way to start a reluctant engine and how to protect against
down on the accelerator pedal once to draw gas
into the carburetor.
off the car ignition and wait at least one minute.
the gas pedal to the floor and crank the engine for no more
than 10 seconds.
this procedure no more than three times.
not pump the accelerator. If the car will still not respond,
there may be battery or mechanical trouble.
injected cars do not require pressing the accelerator. The electronic
fuel pump does that automatically.
fuel-injected vehicles, consult the owner's manual for recommended
of your car's system, the smell of gas means the engine is flooded.
steps for all cars:
off all accessories, including heater, defroster, lights, wipers
'gun' or 'rev' an engine. Take it easy until the car warms up.
Hard acceleration can damage a cold engine.
warm a car in a garage, closed or otherwise. Carbon monoxide
exhaust fumes could be fatal to occupants in the car, garage
or attached structures.
gasoline antifreeze to the fuel tank. The fluid will protect
against fuel-line freeze in cold weather.
the gas tank at least half-filled.
an equal mixture of antifreeze and water in the car's cooling
in a garage, if possible. If not, park with the front of the
car out of the wind.