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How to Troubleshoot a Car That is Hard to Start
"Car not starting" is a common complaint among car owners and is caused by faulty car batteries, spark plugs, car starter, or fuel pump.

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My car tries to start by then just turns off. 2005 Ford Freestyle
If the fuel pump is good, but is not pumping fuel then it is usually due to an issue with the inertia fuel cut off switch. This is located under the dash. It is designed to cut fuel off to...
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Car kind of starts but remove the key and it goes ape s**t
Hello, thank you for writing in. The ignition can absolutely do some strange things. It is responsible for the power supply being sent to the starter, relays, and all of the electronics. If the ignition cylinder is holding the power...
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Tring to find out exactly what wrong.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first thing to consider is the age and mileage on the vehicle. There could be a significant amount of work that needs to be done. With that being said, you will either have...
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Car cranks but won't start below 10 degrees F
Hi there. When you start your car in the morning when it's incredibly cold outside. the coolant temperature sensor immediately reads the temperature of the coolant and relays this to the computer indicating that the coolant is cold. The computer...
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Why is my car not starting properly
Hello, thank you for writing in. Vehicles can have a hard time starting in cold weather for several reasons. Due to the reaction from the engine when you introduced starter fluid, it may be a fuel issue causing your symptoms....
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The key is turned but no sound..lights are fine..starts after 3-4 turns..what can be the problem
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having one of several issues. Electrical issues can be intermittent like the symptoms you are having. If you have a voltmeter you are in a position to do some basic...
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Trouble Starting Audi A4
If you have the cam belt timing off, it will make the car difficult to start, but that wouldn't effect the fuel pump function. and you would notice that the car runs poorly when it is running. So from here...
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New Fuel Pump in June. Gas Gauge didn't work after. November to present will not kick over, sounds like will but won't.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The battery being 4-5 years old is at an age where it may start to fail. When it comes to a no-start situation, this is the first place you want to start. Have the...
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Starting
The failure to shift into reverse gear could be caused by a low transmission fluid level, improper shift linkage adjustment, faults in the valve body and/or the manual valve, and/or an internal transmission clutch or band failure. To resolve that...
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The car has a very hard time with cold starts.
First make sure that all scheduled maintenance, particularly critical items such as spark plugs, is up to date. The purpose of that is to rule out the obvious, easy to deal with and already necessary items. If that does not...
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When I first start my car it is hard to start and there is low voltage, but the voltage is higher once it is running. 2014 Cadillac XTS
Hello. If the battery voltage is low when the vehicle is first started then chances are that the battery is failing. It sounds like the alternator is working correctly due to the voltage that is produced when the engine is...
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Car Periodically Won't Start, Battery is perfectly fine.
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the engine is not turning over when you try to start the car then the starter is not receiving power, or is not using the power. Several components must pass the electricity through...
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doesn't start everytime
Hello, thank you for writing in. We all love our Jeeps, but most owners eventually learn about the wiring and electrical issues that come with the territory. It sounds like not only the starting system, but the charging system is...
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May car is not starting after shutting it off
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having a starter or ignition issue. With intermittent problems, it is typically related to an electrical problem or component beginning to fail. The first thing to do is a visual...
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Starting issues in a 1970 Chevy C10
Hello - this sluggish starting behavior sounds like inadequate current reaching the starter motor (or a worn out starter motor). Start by checking starter circuit electrical connections - make sure they are clean, with no corrosion, and there are proper...
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Mercedes Diesel takes 30 to 40 sec to start every time cold or hot
You could be right about the fuel pressure. The system is supposed to maintain a certain amount of pressure while it is off and if that pressure falls off it may take some time for it to build up again....
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Rough cold start 1988 GMC G1500
Hello - first task is to check for problem codes from engine management for any clues. This involves a paper clip, and a flashing "Check Engine" light for 2-digit problem codes. Possible problems include incorrect fuel pressure (bad fuel pressure...
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I have to pump the gas to get the engine to turn over
Hi..if your vehicle is fuel injected (i.e., does not have a carburetor) by "pumping the accelerator" you are not giving it "extra gas" but rather you are admitting air (or more air) into the intake manifold. Pumping the accelerator on...
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Hard starting after replacing fuel pump
The fuel pump replacement and the subsequent hard starting might be mere coincidence. A way to find out is to request a hard starting diagnostic during which the responding mechanic will inspect not only the fuel supply system, but also...
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My car had a hard time starting. 2008 Suzuki SX4
Hello. Depending on how hard the starting was would help me to determine what is going on. If the engine just had a hard time cranking then it may be a problem with the battery or the starter. It may...

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