Why won’t my Nissan Xterra start in cold weather?

Does cold weather affect car engines? Sometimes when it gets really cold at night, my Nissan Xterra won’t start the next morning.

Liz Jenson · Answered on Jan 19, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If your Nissan Xterra won’t start in cold weather, the most likely problem is your battery.
Your car battery drains faster in cold weather, so it’s possible that your car battery is losing power in colder weather and is unable to start your car in the morning as a result. This is even more likely if your car battery is old or exceptionally corroded. In these cases, replacing your battery is your best course of action.
If the problem isn’t your battery, though, it might be your engine oil. Certain vehicles have certain recommended engine oils to ensure that they will start in most temperatures. If your Xterra has the wrong engine oil in the reservoir, it might not be able to handle the cold.
Regardless, it’s a good idea to take your car to a mechanic to determine the cause of this issue. These two problems aren’t the only potential cause of starting issues for your Xterra, and it’s a good idea to fix these problems before your truck refuses to start at all!
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