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Winter Starting Problems

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The past few winters I've had issues with my 08 Frontier starting in cold temperatures in the AM. I ended up getting a better battery last winter that is for vehicles that use a lot of pull of the start and things have been pretty good. This am it was -22C (-7F), started the vehicle with the remote start. It didn't turn over the first time, but it tried again and it turned on.

I got into the truck and forgot to put the key in the ignition...crap. Put key in, turn it to start, it is firing, and sounds good and fast, but won't turn over. I try one more time before getting my booster to start it with my remote starter, and boom it starts.

Any idea as to why it starts no problem with my automatic starter vs they key? I'm also thinking maybe I need to get a block heater. It seems my truck doesn't really want to turn over as easily the past few winters. I had the truck checked for any electrical draw and things were normal, as well as the alternator.

thanks in advance, guys.
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Put key in, turn it to start, it is firing, and sounds good and fast, but won't turn over.
This line has me confused. Firing good and fast. Won't turn over??

Firing good and fast is typically the opposite of won't turn over

First off what is the CCA of the battery you bought. For that cold you should max out the CCA of the group size battery. I think something in the 700s.

A trick with getting a cold battery to start flowing juice is to turn on a couple of accessories prior to cranking. Like turn the key on. Turn on the radio and the highlights on bright. Let is sit like that for 30 seconds. Turn off the lights then crank.

I would also check the battery terminals. Make sure they are clean and tight.

-7 is cold but not that cold. I have started my truck a couple of times in those temps. I also have a 600 or so CCA battery.
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