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Cooper831 January 31st, 2019 1:00pm

-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? 😑

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anniepoops wisco fever
01/31/19 9:10 pm

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. 🙄

missmorganmarie ...
01/31/19 8:59 pm

does it hurt to breathe in that cold of weather?

theNobamist Silicon Valley
01/31/19 6:40 pm

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.

missmorganmarie ...
01/31/19 8:59 pm

I've never heard that...

Zod Above Pugetropolis
01/31/19 4:24 pm

Unlikely unless it is old enough to be carbureted.

auntiesamm Orange County CA
01/31/19 2:13 pm

So happy I live in Southern California. Today it is 54 with awesome, much needed rain.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
01/31/19 9:01 am

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.

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Cooper831 Wisconsin
01/31/19 9:18 am

Thanks, I'll look into getting a block heater. Probably should have one by now living in the midwest...

GlockMan1 Alabama
01/31/19 8:53 am

Unless you have a really good battery, the low temps will make it hard to start.

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savalordtester
01/31/19 8:56 am

Gasoline freezes at -70°F. I don't think it's that cold.

SnotBubble California
01/31/19 9:41 am

Maybe with wind chill...

catpillow Florida West Coast
01/31/19 8:01 am

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! ❄️

Cooper831 Wisconsin
01/31/19 8:05 am

Sounds good! My knowledge of cars is pathetic so thanks for the info.

catpillow Florida West Coast
01/31/19 8:15 am

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.

Cooper831 Wisconsin
01/31/19 8:23 am

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!

catpillow Florida West Coast
02/01/19 3:23 am

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.

wmorriso Indiana, US ofA
01/31/19 7:38 am

...but don’t worry about it. It will dry out easily while you wait for the temperature to go up.

Cooper831 Wisconsin
01/31/19 7:48 am

Possible even if temp isnt even supposed to hit 0 degrees today? (Currently asking myself why I live here...)

rons on top of the world MA
01/31/19 6:57 am

Don’t step on the gas with fuel injection.
The oil might have gotten too viscous.

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RussianThunder Russia and USA
01/31/19 6:54 am

Sometimes cars don’t start in the cold. It happens

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handsyjo
01/31/19 6:27 am

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

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TheMusicMan Still feeling the Bern
01/31/19 6:01 am

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.

Cooper831 Wisconsin
01/31/19 6:04 am

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.

TheMusicMan Still feeling the Bern
01/31/19 6:06 am

Is it too late to pray to the O'Reilly Auto Parts gods?

Cooper831 Wisconsin
01/31/19 6:20 am

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.