Winter takes a toll on anything it touches. It can easily cripple even the toughest car engine. So you wake up one winter morning late for work with a crucial meeting waiting for you. You start your car and it doesn’t even blink. If you’ve owned a car before, you know that such occurrences are common each time temperatures run low. As temperatures take a nose dive, your car battery produces less current, make it hard for the engine to start. But there is much more into a car that won’t start in the morning than just a dead battery. Here’s what you should do when your Volvo car refuses to start.
Check The Carburetor
This mostly applies to older models that still use carburetors. Just like batteries, carburetors are susceptible to cold weather conditions. This is mostly because of their small nozzles which easily become clogged. The nozzles also make it hard for moisture to evaporate. This causes ice accumulation which makes it difficult for the engine to start. This should not worry you at all if you drive a new model. It only happens to classic cars, which is a good reason for you to consider going for a newer Volvo model.
Turn Everything Off
Standard electrical accessories like heaters, radios and headlights use battery power to get started. Switching all these appliances off will before igniting your car will give the batter the energy it needs to trigger on the engine. If your engine still fails to start, let it run for a while before switching any of these accessories back on.
Step On The Clutch As You Ignite
It is a little known trick that can work on just about any Volvo car. Step on the clutch gently as you turn on the ignition. This will reduced the amount of work your battery has to do. The engine will therefore have a fighting chance of starting even when it is extremely cold.
Examine Your Battery Leads
Make sure they are cleaned and tightened. Clean any salty and crusty substance you come across. You may have to wear gloves and protective gloves as you do this. Disconnect the battery cables first, starting with the negative end. Then using a toothbrush and baking soda or Coke, clean the positive and negative ends of the car battery. Remember to connect the negative cable first when replacing cables. Then if you have corrosion free cables, it is still a smart idea to check examine how tight they are. Tighten up the clamps if they are loose before starting the car again.
Check The Engine Oil
Your car may fail to start because it’s running low on engine oil. It is easy to understand why. If the engine oil is low, then battery will strain the battery to start the engine. It will get worse when the weather is cold. That explains why the dipstick is one of the most important components in the car bonnet. Use it as often as you can to check the engine levels.