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5 Things You Can Do If Your Car Refuses to Start in the Winter

With the winter season in full swing, it’s no surprise that the freezing cold temperatures of Timmins, Ontario can be tough on both you and your vehicle. One of the most frustrating scenarios during the cold weather months is finding your car being unwilling to start. Before you panic, continue reading below as our team here at James Toyota discusses five things you can do should you find yourself with a vehicle that refuses to start during the winter.

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1. Check the Battery

Cold temperatures can significantly affect your vehicle’s battery performance. If your engine is struggling to turn over, it may be due to a weak or dead battery. Make sure to regularly inspect your battery health and if it’s over three to five years old, consider replacing it with a genuine Toyota battery to ensure peak performance.

2. Inspect the Fuel System

Northern Ontario’s frigid winter temperatures have been known to cause vehicle fuel lines to freeze, preventing fuel from reaching the engine. If your Toyota cranks but doesn't start, this might be the issue. Keeping your fuel tank at least half full can reduce the risk of condensation in the fuel lines. If you suspect that the culprit may be a frozen fuel line, bring in your Toyota to our service department for a quick and hassle-free replacement.

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3. Examine the Ignition System

A malfunctioning ignition system can be a culprit for a no-start situation. Check the spark plugs, ignition wires, and the distributor cap for wear and tear. Replace any damaged components using genuine Toyota parts to ensure a consistent spark that's crucial for ignition.

 4. Inspect the Starter Motor

If you hear a clicking sound but your engine doesn't crank, it might indicate a faulty starter motor. Extreme cold can exacerbate existing issues with the starter. Consult one of our factory-trained technicians to help you diagnose and replace the starter, if necessary.

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5. Seek Professional Assistance

Our service team here at James Toyota is well-equipped with the necessary knowledge and experience to assist you with your vehicle maintenance needs. We can help quickly diagnose and fix the issue so that you can get your Toyota back on the road in tip-top shape. Book a service appointment, today!

Book A Service Appointment at James Toyota 

James Toyota is your one-stop shop for all things Toyota in Timmins, Ontario and its surrounding regions. Whether you’re looking to service your Toyota or are in the market for a new or used vehicle, we’ve got you covered. Book your service appointment with us and get your vehicle winter ready. Visit our dealership at 1234 Riverside Drive in Timmins, ON and experience the James Toyota difference, today!