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Old 01-20-2011, 01:09 PM
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any one else having starting problems

well its freezing in texas today was 25 degrees in the morning, every1 once and a while my car, takes a few cranks in the morning to start, and sometimes it'll die, but when its warm car starts like nothing, any1 know why? and is this happening to any1 else?
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Could be a bad battery. Could be thermoplastic seizure.

All in all, its because its cold.
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Re: any one else having starting problems

25 Degrees is cold?! Thank god my prelude is not from Texas or it would die. I've started my car with it negative 5 here but it is a little harder to start than when its warm (like 25 degrees haha jk it gets a little warmer than that here), never had it die because of the cold though, I got a oil pan heater and it seemed to help a little but now my head is off so it isn't helping at all cause that car isn't going anywhere.
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well its freezing in texas today was 25 degrees in the morning
makes me laugh cause my sisters both live in Texas and when it got into the 30s they were freaking out.. I walked to school in <10 degree weather today. WIN.

Seriously though, probably what Havik said.
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Re: any one else having starting problems

You guys lose! It's been in the teens to single digits up here in MN for the last 2+ weeks. I was outside in the driveway doing the EGR cleaning and cap/wires/rotor two days ago in 10 degrees for 2 hours! My lude starts in the morning with no problems.

Back on topic, you're going to want to see how old your battery is and how many cold cranking amps it has. Say your battery has 500 CA and 400 CCA, your car needs 450 CA to start. Well, the rated CA is only good IF you are above 32 (IIRC) degrees. When the temperature falls below 32, you start losing CA (notice how much lower your CCA is compared to your CA). So if you start out with 500 CA at 32 degrees and the temp falls to 10 degrees, you are just above 400 CA. Your car needs 450 (example number) to start so it's not going to happen.
That was just an example and I don't know how old your battery is or how many CCA's it has. I work at Oreilly's and have to explain this to all the idiots trying to buy a battery for their full size pickup but wants to get the $50 400 CCA battery.
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makes me laugh cause my sisters both live in Texas and when it got into the 30s they were freaking out.. I walked to school in <10 degree weather today. WIN.

Seriously though, probably what Havik said.
Yeah I don't complain about the temperature unless it is less than 0 degrees here in good ole Idaho lol.
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Re: any one else having starting problems

what i found is that when the temps fluctuate from decent to real cold in a matter of days it makes it harder for the car to start. i dont know why though
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Re: any one else having starting problems

I would suggest hooking the battery up to a charger for a while and get it tested and dip it with a hydrometer.
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You guys lose! It's been in the teens to single digits up here in MN for the last 2+ weeks. I was outside in the driveway doing the EGR cleaning and cap/wires/rotor two days ago in 10 degrees for 2 hours! My lude starts in the morning with no problems.

Back on topic, you're going to want to see how old your battery is and how many cold cranking amps it has. Say your battery has 500 CA and 400 CCA, your car needs 450 CA to start. Well, the rated CA is only good IF you are above 32 (IIRC) degrees. When the temperature falls below 32, you start losing CA (notice how much lower your CCA is compared to your CA). So if you start out with 500 CA at 32 degrees and the temp falls to 10 degrees, you are just above 400 CA. Your car needs 450 (example number) to start so it's not going to happen.
That was just an example and I don't know how old your battery is or how many CCA's it has. I work at Oreilly's and have to explain this to all the idiots trying to buy a battery for their full size pickup but wants to get the $50 400 CCA battery.
Let me simplify this clusterf.ck



CCA stands for Cold Cranking Amps. How many amps it can push out when it is balls freezing cold.
CA stands for who the f.ck cares, it doesn't matter.



Your car's starter needs a certain amount of amps to start the motor. The battery needs to be able to provide this. When it gets cold out, the battery loses power. In a healthy battery with the required CCA rating, this is not a problem. But batteries go bad, and their CCA gets lower and lower as the battery deteriorates. In summer you won't notice it, because the battery is warm and happy. But in winter, it begins to show symptoms.


This results in your car cranking slowly when it gets cold, because it is trying...but having a hard time doing its job. Which 9 out of 10 times, is because of the battery.







Want to test your battery, there is a link in my sig.
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Let me simplify this clusterf.ck



CCA stands for Cold Cranking Amps. How many amps it can push out when it is balls freezing cold.
CA stands for who the f.ck cares, it doesn't matter.



Your car's starter needs a certain amount of amps to start the motor. The battery needs to be able to provide this. When it gets cold out, the battery loses power. In a healthy battery with the required CCA rating, this is not a problem. But batteries go bad, and their CCA gets lower and lower as the battery deteriorates. In summer you won't notice it, because the battery is warm and happy. But in winter, it begins to show symptoms.


This results in your car cranking slowly when it gets cold, because it is trying...but having a hard time doing its job. Which 9 out of 10 times, is because of the battery.







Want to test your battery, there is a link in my sig.
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