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Old 03-04-2014, 07:57 PM
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Cold start

It's been really cold here... I went to start the Jeep this morning after letting it set for a week. It made some really strange noises! First, the starter kept spinning even after I released the key, and it wouldn't stop until I physically turned the key back and released it. I tried it again, same thing only this time to red lightning bolt symbols showed up and it finally turned over. When it finally started, it sounded like it was going to rattle apart for like 15 seconds. I drove it several times today with no problem.... It's a 13 with only 8K miles, I'm very concerned... It always rattles a couple of seconds when I start it in the morning, but I've never had the starter issue and it's never rattled that long before... anyone else ever experienced this???

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Old 03-04-2014, 08:17 PM   #2

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As for the rattle during start up, some seem to do it, and others don't. I'm sure that it setting in the cold for a week, didn't help any.
What weight oil do you have in it?
5w-20 synthetic will flow better at severely cold temperatures, verses conventional oil.

As for the starter issue, well I would have your dealer check that out for you.

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Old 03-04-2014, 10:28 PM   #3
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OP, how do you define cold? I've had no problems below -20.

I'd definitely suggest having the dealer look at it.

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Only issue mine does is whine from the alternator when it's below -10. I just say it's letting me know she don't like the cold
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