I have a 2009 Chevy Aveo that stopped working on Monday’s cold snap (-20 degrees, plus wind chill) and still won’t start (currently 1 degree). When I turn the key, the car turns, but never ‘catches’, and was starting to turn sluggishly. I had (dumbly) assumed that it was the battery, so after it didn’t start when it kind of warmed up, I took the battery inside and warmed it up. A room-temperature battery and an attempted jump later, and we still have nothing. The charger says the battery’s at 100% and 12.5 volts, but nothing else.
I have no garage, and while the tank is full now it was run pretty low last Thursday/Friday, so I thought that maybe there was a freeze in the gas line… but now the check engine light’s on. I don’t know if a line freeze would cause the light to go on, but I’m afraid it’s calling out a much more serious problem. I’m broke (literally… even spending $100 for a new battery is terrifying) and am hoping that I might have some kind of solution other than towing it to a garage and paying for repairs. We’re a one-car family, and can’t exactly wait for the weather to warm up.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.