Your car and THE COLD

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1. Gasoline - Like any other liquid, evaporates less when it is cold.W Gasoline evaporates slowly in cooler temperatures so it is harder to burn it. Note: the gasoline must be vaporized to burn. Sometimes people will spray ether into their engines during the cold months to help them start! Ether evaporates better than gasoline in cold weather.
2. Oil - it gets a lot thicker in the cold weather. Think of honey or pancake syrup in the refrigerator, it thickens, oil does the same thing. So when you try to start a cold engine, it has to push around the cold oil and it simply just makes it hard for the engine to spin. In really cold places people tend to use synthetic motor oils because these oils stay liquid in cold temperatures.
3. Batteries - They simply have problems in the cold weather. A battery is full of chemicals that produce electrons. The chemical reactions inside of the batteries take place more slowly when the battery is cold, therefore producing fewer electrons. The starter motor then has less energy to work with when it tries to start the engine, causing the engine to crank slowly. All three can make it impossible to start an engine in really cold weather. People either keep their cars in heated garages or use "block heaters" to get around these problems.
Granted, our cars wont be covered in a few feet of snow these next couple months; but like us they too are in a little shock by the dramatic change in temperature.So if you need help prepping for the the cooler temps, just stop by your local Service Department and they'll be happy to help you out!
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