For the 2nd winter in a row, my 2003 Toyota RAV4 has trouble starting once the temperature dips below 35 degrees. It will eventually start after I turn the headlights on and off a few times (typically it takes about 10 minutes to start in the morning). I had a new battery installed less than 12 months ago, and I've had the Toyota dealership look at it 2 times last winter. Other than the new battery, they didn't see any issues. Any idea what might be causing this?

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Asked by Nov 30, 2015 at 11:08 AM about the 2003 Toyota RAV4

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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If you have really cold weather you may want to install a block heater. You can also install a battery heater to help the battery have more power. How cold does it get in the winter where you are?

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If you have really cold weather you may want to install a block heater. You can also install a battery heater to help the battery have more power. How cold does it get in the winter where you are? A tune up may help as well.

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Full_of_Regrets thank you!! That may be the answer -- I'll look into that option. I live in the Northeast, so temps typically don't drop much lower than 30 degrees - but you never know what the winter will bring.

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Being in Southern California , I have very little experience with your low temps. But I would also give the electrical lines (Batt.,Spark plug etc.) and connecters a going over for any cracks or corrosion.

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