Cold Weather Starting Tips
In case a vehicle is hard to start during cold weather, we suggest the following procedure.
- These steps are a review of the procedure outlined in the Owner's Manual.
- Use these steps when the weather is cold and the engine is hard to start.
1. Press the accelerator pedal down approximately 1/3 of the way to the floor.
2. Hold the accelerator pedal in this position while cranking the engine.
3. Once the engine has started release the accelerator pedal. NOTE: Do not race the engine while warming it up.
4. If the engine does not start within 15 seconds, stop cranking, wait at least 10 seconds. Then repeat steps 1 through 3.
Once an engine is started in cold weather condition:
- You should keep the engine running for a minimum of 2-3 minutes before shutting it off.
- Starting and stopping of the engine over a short period of time may make the vehicle more difficult to restart.
- It may also adversely affect a vehicle?s fuel economy. Another factor which may affect a vehicles ?startability? is the viscosity or thickness of the oil that is used.
- SAE 5W-30 viscosity oil is preferred for all temperatures, all year-round for most models.
- Using SAE 5W-30 viscosity oil makes it easier to start the engine and maintain a stable idle during warm-up.