2000 Pontiac Bonneville - How to get started in below zero weather


Asked by Jan 06, 2014 at 09:15 AM about the 2000 Pontiac Bonneville SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It is -12 outside and my car will not start, the lights come on and it acts like it wants to start but it won't.  I'm on day 2 of calling in to work and its suppose to be below zero for the rest of the week.
Any suggests?

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That's insanely cold and you must learn to deal with it- the cars don't like it and it's best to leave them alone until the temp warms up during the day or over the course of a few days- it's obvious that to get to work, take the authorities' advice and use mass transit- our ancestors used to walk- sorry, but cars are not superhuman- nor are we- it is a wake-up call as to how soft we have become

Tom Demyan

Sounds like your battery is weak. Like Jamn suggested, wait till it warms up. If your battery is over 5 years old, and you have to get to work, you can try removing the battery and have it checked at your local auto parts store and they can tell you if your due for a replacement.

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Tried a jump but it still wouldn't start so the tow guy suggested towing it to his shop so it could heat up in his garage. After about 5 hours in the garage it started. The gas tank was on half a tank so I filled it up and put heet in it, and it has been starting every morning since.

Tom Demyan



-12 is no problem at all for most vehicles, most can go to -30 before problems start accruing. but I have also had problems with my 2000 Pontiac Bonneville. Down to -10 it starts great and under that it says so way for whatever reason.

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