Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 12-14-2010, 04:28 PM
pooleo pooleo is offline
Ban Survivor. (x2)
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 6,764
Default Better way to start vehicles in cold weather...?

So I have heard that in cold weather climates, that it is a good thing to turn on your headlight for about 1-2 mins. I guess this causes the electricity in the battery to get flowing before you hit the starter and draw all those amps.

Anyone have any thoughts on this...?

Does it/could it work...?

Should send an e-mail to mythbusters! hahah
__________________
1999 | Ext. Cab | 4.0 | 4x4 | 4.10's
Quote:
A Gladiator does not fear death. He embraces it. Caresses it. Fucks it. Each time he enters the arena, he slips his c0ck in the mouth of the beast, and prays to thrust home before the jaws snap shut. - Oenomaus
Ball Joints/Upper A-Arms How To
Replace Door pin/bushing
Repair broken dome light tabs
VIDEO OHC Install
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-14-2010, 04:36 PM
mazdab2300 mazdab2300 is offline
Totally bummed
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,106
Default Re: Better way to start vehicles in cold weather...?

idk but i could have used it this morning. i went outside to go to school and it just clicked. so my mom had to take me to school. it ended up being the cyleniod was frozen.
__________________
94 Mazda B2300
jvc head unit scosh hds and xplod speakers also have 2 12 inch subs in the back.
american racing directionals on 30/9.5/15s

INDIANA RANGERS
MAZDAS
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-14-2010, 05:52 PM
ben10 ben10 is offline
slut life
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 3,014
Default Re: Better way to start vehicles in cold weather...?

on an old battery it couldnt hurt, unless it is already frozen, in which case then your really just killing any chance of starting it up... but i dont know much about electricity, just never heard of anyone doing that up where im from.
__________________
99 extended cab, 4.0, auto, 33s, 4x4 lifted with some stuff done

98 2wd 2.5, 5 speed, dropped with some stuff done
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-14-2010, 06:32 PM
DHEM DHEM is offline
Resident Red
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,003
Default Re: Better way to start vehicles in cold weather...?

that will make it worse, i forget the actual numbers but batteries only have a fraction of their power like at 30 degrees. Best thing to do would is make sure everything is off before you key off, so their would be minimal load on the battery, also keep a battery charger/tender around and keep the battery maintained and charged up
__________________
'05 2wd Ranger xl with the 3.0

MODS-Alpine head unit, throttle cable mod, Black Rock wheels, FX4 lvl II axle swap, pooleo's camo painted bezel and mustang dome, painted/aftermarket headlights/tails fold-a-cover and over 100 hp in stickers
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-14-2010, 06:41 PM
darkstar_420 darkstar_420 is offline
Lowered 00
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 765
Default Re: Better way to start vehicles in cold weather...?

for 1-2 minutes? man my truck wouldnt start in -30c with the headlights left on that long LOL
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-14-2010, 07:06 PM
naturecakezzz naturecakezzz is offline
black mamba!!!!
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,213
Default Re: Better way to start vehicles in cold weather...?

just get a bad ass battery with like 800 cold cranking amps... thats what i did
__________________
2000 ranger 4.0v6 4x4 ext. Cab with a cap
Mods....
http://www.fordrangerforum.com/proje...start-now.html
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-14-2010, 08:49 PM
darkstar_420 darkstar_420 is offline
Lowered 00
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 765
Default Re: Better way to start vehicles in cold weather...?

i have 850 cca in my f150, best interstate you can buy, $225, i got mine for 75, dealers cant even get em for that
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-14-2010, 08:52 PM
smakes smakes is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,005
Default Re: Better way to start vehicles in cold weather...?

pour some nos in the tank, itll start ya right up
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-14-2010, 09:26 PM
chaddwalters chaddwalters is offline
Ford Motor Co
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 159
Default Re: Better way to start vehicles in cold weather...?

Quote:
Originally Posted by smakes View Post
pour some nos in the tank, itll start ya right up
Lol.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-16-2010, 12:11 PM
WearyTraveler WearyTraveler is offline
Own a Ranger graveyard
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 180
Default Re: Better way to start vehicles in cold weather...?

You can find batteries for rangers is over 1000 cold cranking amps.

A good investment is an engine block heater. Plug it in at night and it keeps the coolant in the block warm and that heat keeps everything else warm. Allows for easier start up on those cold mornings.
__________________
1992 Ford Ranger STX
-2" lift
-31" Treadwright Crawlers (yes I run retreads!)
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-16-2010, 04:27 PM
canadiangurl canadiangurl is offline
You can't fix stupid
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 175
Default Re: Better way to start vehicles in cold weather...?

Quote:
Originally Posted by darkstar_420 View Post
for 1-2 minutes? man my truck wouldnt start in -30c with the headlights left on that long LOL
Agreed! Block heater also a great idea, keeps the whole thing from freezing up. Also not a bad idea, depending on the temperature, to start your truck up and let it run for about 15 minutes or so every 4 or 5 hours if you can.
__________________
2008 XLT 4.0 auto ext cab 4x4
Levelled, 265/75/16 ProComp Xtreme AT on ProComp wheels, dual exhaust, more to come
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Intermittent starting problem in cold weather cjc General Tech 1 03-01-2013 09:07 PM
cold weather problem... crowdpleazer 4.0 SOHC / 4.0 OHV Tech 12 12-05-2010 02:44 PM
Manual tranny problem in cold weather Doug in Houston 4-Cylinder Tech 4 12-02-2010 02:54 AM
no start when cold dragon_reaper 4-Cylinder Tech 3 11-25-2010 12:38 AM
Cold Start Issues 1989ranger 2.9 Liter Tech 4 10-01-2010 07:42 AM