Errors when starting the engine in severe frost

All drivers know how to start the engine – another question is that only a few know how to do it correctly, without harm to the units. And especially when it comes to car operation in the frosty season. Here are four common mistakes that almost all car owners make when starting the engine in winter.

It’s no secret that the “winter” operation of the machine is somewhat different from the summer. In the frosty season, drivers who are really worried about the condition of the car should be extremely careful when turning the key in the ignition. After all, one wrong move, and the car is already on a tow truck for service.

Don’t Race

Many modern drivers are not accustomed to holding the ignition key in the ON position – in summer and in winter they immediately switch to starting the starter. And if in the hot season it is not so critical, then in the frosty season it is definitely not worth doing. No matter how you hurry, wait 3-5 seconds until all the “extra” indicators on the dashboard go out, and the gas pump “pulls up” some fuel.


Another common mistake is inherent in the owners of cars on the “mechanics” who start the starter without depressing the clutch pedal. Even in driving schools, cadets are taught to start the engine by “disconnecting” the gearbox from the engine. Indeed, otherwise the load on the starter increases significantly – it has to rotate, in addition to the engine crankshaft, gears and transmission shafts in oil thickened in the cold.

And One More One

And what do most drivers do when they realize that the starter does not intend to “grab”? That’s right, it makes many unsuccessful attempts to start the engine, thereby filling the candles. Remember: you can hold the ignition key in the START position for no more than 10 seconds. In this case, the number of approaches should be limited to four to five. Car won’t start? We pull out the key and start looking for the cause.

The Longer The Worse

Let’s say the engine starts without any complaints. And you can already carefully move off, but no – the driver waits another 10-15 minutes. He is convinced that in the frosty season the engine must be allowed to run at idle, but this is a deep delusion. One or two minutes is enough for units and systems to “gather up their strength” and get to work.