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How can I be sure my car is going to start?

-40+ this morning and my car wouldn’t start. I don’t have a block heater so my car has no extra insurance it may start on cold days. Either it will or it won’t . It’s a gamble. Other than an in-line heater is there anything else I can do?

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  1. Shawn says:

    Change your oil to 100% synthetic. I never plug in my car and it always starts.

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  2. Fire under oil pan or buy a blockheater

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  3. Take the transit to work like I did on the 3 days my car wouldn’t start.

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  4. Erica Young Erica Young says:

    Try buying a heated dipstick.

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  5. Block heaters do nothing for dead batteries

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  6. A battery blanket. Or a new battery that has a cold start.

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  7. Drake White Drake White says:

    breath on it very quickly 😛

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  8. Leave it idle till you need it in the morning lol

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  9. I have to boost one of mine when it’s below -30. I have one of those mastercraft ones on wheels from cnd tire. I need a new battery but I’ve only needed to use it 3 times this winter so far.

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  10. Rita Bouthillier-Lavoie cool that it worked!

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  11. Eric Caron Eric Caron says:

    You can buy battery blankets that plug in

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  12. A booster pack is a must in these temps.
    Worst case bring your battery inside at night so it dont freeze.

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  13. Bring it to the dealer and get a block heater

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  14. Buy a ‘microstart xp-10’ booster pack. Will save you

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  15. marc says:

    There are magnetic oil pan heaters you can buy Canadian Tire or parts stores

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  16. Arthur Blain Arthur Blain says:

    Bring your battery into the house. That’s what we do at camp before

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  17. I heard ether works great for gasoline engines 🙂

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  18. Horey Colder Horey Colder says:

    Check you’re not low on blinker fluid

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  19. Get a bra for the front of your car

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  20. My first jeep I had didn’t have one, I would wake up every 3 to 4 hours and start it up for a few minutes.

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  21. New battery but biggest help is synthetic oil. Will start just like summer. Will cost you around a hundred bucks for oil change but lasts longer than regular oil. So it pays for itself.

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  22. My husband uses an external magnetic block heater for his truck.

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  23. Inline coolant heater, that’s what I put on my vw that doesn’t have frost plugs. It’ll melt the snow off the hood of your car lol

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  24. Get yourself a new battery (I have an Eliminator), and get your vehicle winterized when you go for your oil change. I run synthetic in the winter and regular in the summer. I can’t plug my car in as it not equipped with a plug cord, but I winterize every year (had the car for almost 6 years now) and she starts like a charm every time

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  25. Jim McEwen Jim McEwen says:

    alder automotive installs block heaters and new batteries with warranty

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  26. A gas engine should always start with a good battery, if not you have an issue. Otherwise something to keep a small charge or warmth for the battery

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  27. So many amateur and uneducated responses. W
    Either get a block heater installed. It warms up all major fluids. If not, a transport inline circulating heater. 165$ at transport dealerships. But thwy can only be pluggeg in for 5 min in minus 40. Any more than 5 min and damage may happen.

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    • Lower rad hose water heater is 50 to 70 bux at crappy tire. They only heat to 180 degrees so you could plug it in as long as you want, but about an hour is all you would need

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  28. I don’t have a block heater and can’t install a remote start as it will void my warranty……..with fingers crossed every day she starts for me…………some more sluggish than others

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  29. Start the battery of the vehicle so your radio and your fuel pump in all that come on then put the vehicle in neutral and then turn the engine over don’t drive for at least 10 minutes or till your vehicle warms up

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  30. Lee Baxter Lee Baxter says:

    It’s weird seeing “-40+” and understanding what that means. :S

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  31. Get a new battery 150 bucks do it your self in 30minutes. I Did it last year with hubby in -50 weather. As soon we changed that battery, didn’t have a problem since.

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  32. Park it out of the wind or get a magnetic block heater and stick it to the oil pan

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  33. Jess Ebbers Jess Ebbers says:

    Buy a booster pack

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  34. Gail Decaire Gail Decaire says:

    You can get a block heater installed anywhere from $110 – $150 plus taxes.

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  35. Luc Rioux Luc Rioux says:

    instal a pig …..wish is item you buy that hook to water hose from rad and when at home you plug it in just like a block heater but better and it keep the engine water heated to 180 degrees and when you start you re car in morning it already warm don t need to warm up car in morning works like a charm never will the car not start after that best thing for cold weather area …..

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  36. Costco has been selling batteries like crazy this past 2 weeks.. lol

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  37. Talk dirty to it. It’ll turn on every time

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  38. You do realize that quilt did absolutely nothing right?

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  39. Jason Morehouse I think it helped why not if your car is in the garage it’s starts well whatever

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  40. Crappy tire sells a magnetic oil pan heater

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  41. Buy a rad hose heater.

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  42. Dave Lacasse Dave Lacasse says:

    Go out every 2-3 hours and start it.

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  43. Daniel Dube Daniel Dube says:

    Put a lamp under the oil pan with the light as close to the pan as possible. If you’re really worried. Bring the battery in the house for the night

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  44. Bring your battery in over night. Pain in the ass but it could help. Not a guarantee

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  45. Build a heated garage for your car

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  46. Andrea Major Andrea Major says:

    New battery and don’t park facing the wind?

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  47. Sex it in the tail pipe

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  48. Dennis Lopez Dennis Lopez says:

    Even with a new battery if the engine is too cold it won’t start. Keep running it every 2 to 3 hours till warm and repeat. Its either u need a boost or take the time to keep your car warm enough to start.

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  49. Mike Reid Mike Reid says:

    Some kinda block heater and a battery blanket…

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  50. Marc Verdon Marc Verdon says:

    All you need is a new battery that’s all.

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  51. Alex Wunsch Alex Wunsch says:

    Get a battery with the highest CCA (cold cranking amps) you can for your vehicle.

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  52. Because the engine would still be exposed to the cold on the bottom, the quilt would have to be completely wrapped around it to somewhat help. In a garage is different, the entire vehicle is protected from the cold, even an unheated garage, there will be a temp difference plus no wind chill effect. With your quilt idea, go outside and put the quilt on top of your head, not down around you, but just the top of your head, and you tell me how much it helps keep you warm out there this morning…

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  53. cover your battery with a blanket or buy a battery sleeve

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  54. Purchase a booster pack.
    Problem solved.

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  55. i used to have a warm extra battery fully charged and ready to go,

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  56. Light a fire under the oil pan.

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