Chances are, wherever you are in the country you’ll have woken up to a freezing morning, with the full force of winter even bringing snow and ice. Whilst we can’t cast any magic spells to wake your car up after a cold snap, there are a few things you can do to get going again. Read on for our top tips!
Starting the engine
Ideally, these steps will have been taken when your car was last used before the cold weather hit, but doing them just before you try starting up will give you the best chance:
- Make sure all the doors are shut to keep the overhead light off
- Turn off all accessories including any tech chargers, radio/stereo, heaters and lights
2. Turn the key to start and hold it for up to 10 seconds
Even if this doesn’t sound promising, don’t force it for any longer than that, as it might reduce any further chances of getting going.
- If the dashboard lights up at any point, this is a good sign as it means there’s still some charge in the battery.
- If there’s no sound when trying to start up and the dashboard fails to light up, we’re sorry to say that sounds like a flat battery!
- OR if there is a ticking noise but the engine doesn’t eventually turn over there might not be quite enough battery power to start the ignition.
3. Give your battery chance to recover for a couple of minutes then try again
If your car does not start after 10-20 seconds of cranking (turning the key in the ignition) for the second time, stop and wait for a minute or two before attempting to start again. This gives the battery time to recover, and it will have warmed a bit. Mostly, it allows the starter motor to cool down.
- If the car is almost coming close to starting but seems to struggle, give it a break and try again. If the battery won’t make any effort to turn the engine over, it is discharged and you’ll have to consider jump-starting.
4. Jump starting
You’ll find a quick-win guide to jump starting here, but if any of the following apply once you’re on the move, head to your nearest Halfords quick-sharp! We’ll need to have a cheeky check under the bonnet, just to make sure you’re safe for the road.
- If you think your battery isn’t looking very well; if it’s damaged, leaking or corroded
- If your car is making a strange noise once you’ve jump started
- If your car is smoking or filled with a strange smell
Remember, WeFit car batteries from £15, so pop in and see us for a friendly, fitting service. We also offer a FREE winter check where we’ll give your car a good once over, so you’re ready for whatever winter throws up!