-40 degrees where I am and my car wont start, tried it a couple times too many and drained the battery...is it possible that I've also flooded the engine? 😑
I don’t think it’s anything too bad. I’ve been there before. I know people who were taking out their car battery and bringing it inside. I’d think you’d just need a jump. Thank goodness it’ll be 50 on Sunday. 🙄
does it hurt to breathe in that cold of weather?
How ironic that cold weather "drains" a car battery, but we're told to store batteries before use in the refrigerator to extend their life.
I've never heard that...
Oil freeze up?
Unlikely unless it is old enough to be carbureted.
So happy I live in Southern California. Today it is 54 with awesome, much needed rain.
Do you have a carburetor? It’s just about impossible to flood a modern engine. You need an engine block heater to warm things up before you crank when it gets this cold.
Thanks, I'll look into getting a block heater. Probably should have one by now living in the midwest...
Unless you have a really good battery, the low temps will make it hard to start.
I think your gasoline froze...
Gasoline freezes at -70°F. I don't think it's that cold.
Maybe with wind chill...
If you had enough antifreeze in the car before it became so cold, it will probably be fine. Just recharge/replace the battery. Flooded engines normally don’t stay flooded for more than an hour. Stay warm! ❄️
Sounds good! My knowledge of cars is pathetic so thanks for the info.
You’re welcome. Most of my knowledge comes from a time and place when cars were less sophisticated. Flooded engines and run down batteries were common problems in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. One person on here with a lot of detailed knowledge about cars is @MachoMatt.
I worry about everyone freezing in this polar vortex this week. I’m sure glad I’m in Florida today. It’s a cool 52° here, which is not life threatening.
Yeah, I think a lot of concerns about cars linger for the 'laypeople' even though they're outdated issues with modern cars.
Funny thing is even been considering movingnout of state and this last week of weather has encouraged me to look at some warmer states!
I hope you find a place that's right for you. I used to occasionally take those Sperling Best Place to Live quizzes. They have a lot of useful information. If you have questions about Florida, I’ll answer as well as I can.
...but don’t worry about it. It will dry out easily while you wait for the temperature to go up.
Possible even if temp isnt even supposed to hit 0 degrees today? (Currently asking myself why I live here...)
Don’t step on the gas with fuel injection.
The oil might have gotten too viscous.
Sometimes cars don’t start in the cold. It happens
It's possible, but it's probably just the cold. Cold weather drains the battery, and you trying to start it probably just killed what little juice it still had
It's also entirely possible your gas is frozen (if you didn't use any additives beforehand). At those temps, it could be any number of things.
I put in some Heet on Tuesday night to try to prevent that.
In my desperation to get it going I kept trying to give it gas while starting it, so I'm worried I created a bigger issue. Not sure how easy it is to flood an engine though.
Is it too late to pray to the O'Reilly Auto Parts gods?
No I believe in the AAA Gods, we will see what they can do first!
At least I dont have to sit through 8 hours of work today. So theres that.