Two things to ensure your car is ready to go when
Learn the right way to start a reluctant engine.
Know how to protect against winter freeze-ups.
Fuel injected cars do not require pressing the accelerator. The
electronic fuel pump does that automatically. If you do it
inadvertently, there may be no problem, but try not repeat the mistake
For clean injectors, I recommend P.I. Performance
Improver and Injector Cleaner -- an excellent AMSOIL gasoline
Press once on the accelerator pedal to draw gas into the carburetor.
Turn off the car ignition and wait at least 1 minute.
Hold the gas pedal to the floor and crank the engine for no more than
10 seconds (this can flood some engines, so I'd take this advice).
Repeat this procedure no more than three times. Do not pump the
accelerator. If the car doesn't respond, there may be battery or
For a clean carb, also use AMSOIL P.I..
NOTE: Regardless of your car's system, the smell of gas means
that the engine is flooded. Consult your Owner's Manual for recommended
Starting Steps For All Cars:
Turn off all accessories (heater, lights, wipers and radio).
Don't "gun", "rev" or punch the gas pedal. Take it easy until the car
warms up. Hard acceleration can damage a cold engine.
Never warm up a car in a garage, closed or otherwise. Carbon dioxide
exhaust fumes are fatal to occupants of the car, garage or attached
structures. These fumes can find their way into your home through the
garage door, although it will likely be closed.
Other Cold-Weather Suggestions:
Add gasoline anti-freeze to the fuel tank and keep it at least
half-filled. The fluid will protect against fuel-line freeze-up in
I recommend using AMSOIL's P.I. or
Gasoline Stabilizer for gasoline
engines, and AMSOIL Diesel Fuel Additive
Concentrate (heavy-duty diesel engines), or
AMSOIL Diesel Fuel Modifier (light duty diesel engines).
Keep an equal mixture of antifreeze and water in the car's cooling
Here I suggest AMSOIL's Propylene Glycol
Biodegradable Coolant / Anti-Freeze. It is not toxic or lethal
to animals or fish when ingested, unlike the common, yet toxic and
lethal, ethylene glycol.
Park in a garage, if possible. If not in a garage, park with the rear
of the car facing the wind, if possible, helping to protect the engine
from the extreme effects of wind chill.
Putting AMSOIL 100% Synthetic Motor Oil
in your engine and AMSOIL Synthetic Automatic
Transmission Fluid in your transmission will help solve extreme cold
temperature starting problems. If you are in an extremely cold climate,
you might consider the new AMS-Oiler™
Oil Pre-charger. Browse
this web site for more information on products, and how to request a
free catalog, information on the
wholesale buying plan, or the opportunity
to sell AMSOIL products.