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gdaig
 
Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:10 pm
My 2004 ford escape is frozen, it wasn't plugged in one night and it got pretty cold.

What do i do to start it?
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Seed
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:12 pm
Look in the manual? Call the dealership? Buy a real car? :-D
gdaig
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:16 pm
@Seed,
there wont able anything in manual, the dealership cant do anything, it has nothing to do with the car i own, i just need some advice on what i can do.?
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:17 pm
@gdaig,
most auto parts stores sell a block heater. (there are many different styles)

this will help warm the engine before you try to start it.

also, a full battery is important.

I have not worked on many hybrids, so double-checking me is a good idea.
gdaig
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:19 pm
@Rockhead,
i already have a block heater, i just forgot to plug it in, my vehicles been frozen for a couple days, would there be any damage to it?
Seed
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:20 pm
@Rockhead,
To bad it doesn't come with a glow plug, but then again that's for diesel engines.... my knowledge has just been spent on the subject lol
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:23 pm
When you say "frozen" do you mean literally from cold or that it just won't start up because the "juice" was not turned on?
gdaig
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:25 pm
@Green Witch,
literally from the cold, it was about -30 and the block heater wasn't plugged in.

What do i do?
Green Witch
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:26 pm
@gdaig,
Have you tried going out with an electric hair drier and warming it up?

(yeah, this is totally a chick solution)
Rockhead
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:26 pm
@gdaig,
plug it in and wait.
gdaig
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:27 pm
@Rockhead,
its been plugged in over 24 hours and it still wont start.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:28 pm
@gdaig,
Damage is possible from freezing coolant. Most of them are good to around -30 something. You probably won't know till you get it started.

I'm not sure what you mean by frozen. The coolant is frozen, or the engine simply won't crank? Anyway, keep the block heater working. If it's possible, you might add some external heat - cautiously. I mean, don't build a fire under it.

Take the comment on battery charge to heart, if the engine isn't cranking. Batteries lose lots of capacity at low temperatures.
gdaig
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:28 pm
@Green Witch,
warming it up? what do you mean? the engine? or the battery?
hamburgboy
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:29 pm
@gdaig,
is there no one who can boost your battery to start the car ?

Seed
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:29 pm
@gdaig,
Well what does the indicator state on the battery? Is there an indicator that is visible when the car is not running?
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gdaig
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:29 pm
@roger,
the engine wont crank.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:31 pm
@gdaig,
is the car in a garage?

the warmer you can get it the easier it will be to get it to go.

is this a hybrid?
Seed
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:31 pm
@gdaig,
is there any sound at all? Or do you turn the key and nothing at all happens?
gdaig
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:31 pm
@hamburgboy,
the battery is perfect, just the engine is frozen.
Green Witch
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 06:31 pm
@gdaig,
Both - plug in the hair drier and then lay it near the engine. Maybe you can close the hood a little to keep the heat inside. Not sure if this will be redundant with the block heater. I think Roger has a point about the fluids freezing. You must live in Siberia.
 

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