This time of year, Jeep vehicles around Monmouth Junction get cold. The cold weather can cause some serious problems for your Jeep, particularly when it comes to starting up. Understanding why this is and knowing what to do when it happens can help make sure you get on the road safely and on time this winter.
One of the reasons that a cold engine in your Jeep may have trouble starting has to do with your Jeep’s oil. You see, the cold weather causes your oil to become thicker. Just like any other liquid, oil changes consistency when it gets cold. This problem can be compounded if you have oil that’s not the right weight for your vehicle and climate. If you have an oil that isn’t the right weigh, it can make it difficult for the oil to circulate in your system. One way to overcome this is to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for oil weight. Another option is to use synthetic oil, which doesn’t get thicker in cold weather.
Your Jeep’s battery may also cause problems with starting your Jeep in cold weather. All batteries tend to lose some of their capacity in the cold, and the battery can, eventually, stop giving enough of a charge to start your car. That’s why part of the process of winterizing your car should involve having your battery tested.