how to cold start a car

Asked by Jan 07, 2014 at 03:42 PM about the 2006 Nissan Sentra 1.8

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2006 Nissan Sentra 1.8 doesn't start. Temp is -16 here in Indiana. The car cranks but
doesn't start. I have tried started the car since yesterday, the battery  is about to die. Any
tips?

4 Answers

335

Gasoline ignites as low as 45 degrees below zero. So, -16 degrees, that is not your problem. But, how much gasoline is in the tank? In any very cold condition, the fuel tank should be kept full as much as possible. If you have less three-quarter to half a tank of gas, you will need to wait a day or so for the temperature to get back to normal to start the car. Don't waste the battery anymore until it warms up a lot. If possible, get the car out into the sunlight during the day. This is not a car-specific problem, just a universal problem. In the future, keep the gas tank mostly full in the winter.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
3,045

recharge you battery and try some gas line antifreeze,might just be water in the gas.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
Best Answer

Thank you so much for answers Colin and Jimijobo. The fuel tank was almost full. It was the battery. My neighbor gave me a start jump and it worked. The battery was not so powerful to start the car. I have been trying starting my car since yesterday so the battery was almost dead. I appreciate your very good answers.

4,785

also helpful to floor the gas if it doesn't start right away to prevent flooding the engine. (flooring the gas when starting shuts off the injectors)

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Sentra

Looking for a Used Sentra in your area?

CarGurus has 56,439 nationwide Sentra listings starting at $1,400.

ZIP:

Search Nissan Sentra Questions

Nissan Sentra Experts

#1 L_R
L_R
Reputation 1,270
#2 Doran Harney
Doran Harney
Reputation 1,250
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 970
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Nissan Altima
845 Great Deals out of 79,903 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Corolla
701 Great Deals out of 72,934 listings starting at $1,950
Used Honda Civic
504 Great Deals out of 89,186 listings starting at $1,299
Used Toyota Camry
849 Great Deals out of 90,626 listings starting at $850
Used Nissan Versa
311 Great Deals out of 22,533 listings starting at $1,900
Used Honda Accord
786 Great Deals out of 87,768 listings starting at $1,150
Used Nissan Maxima
301 Great Deals out of 26,485 listings starting at $1,300
Used Hyundai Elantra
480 Great Deals out of 52,845 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Focus
549 Great Deals out of 56,747 listings starting at $800
Used Mazda MAZDA3
213 Great Deals out of 30,621 listings starting at $1,495
Used Hyundai Sonata
618 Great Deals out of 52,372 listings starting at $1,495
Used Volkswagen Jetta
406 Great Deals out of 37,775 listings starting at $1,385
Used Chevrolet Malibu
862 Great Deals out of 81,264 listings starting at $995

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Nissan Sentra For Sale
37,321 listings starting at $11,995
2016 Nissan Sentra For Sale
54 Great Deals out of 3,660 listings starting at $9,700
2015 Nissan Sentra For Sale
157 Great Deals out of 4,842 listings starting at $7,646
2014 Nissan Sentra For Sale
98 Great Deals out of 3,794 listings starting at $6,850
2013 Nissan Sentra For Sale
70 Great Deals out of 2,338 listings starting at $5,795