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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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No start and no crank.
Hi there. Check the wiring from the starter to the ignition switch. There is a loose wire or a break in the wiring that connects the starter solenoid to the starter relay. Make sure that all of the wires on...
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My car won't start
Hello Sam, thanks for writing in. When the vehicle stalls out like this, or has trouble running and starting, you need to look into the fuel, air, and spark systems. Since you have attempted to address the fuel issue, turn...
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Car won't start 2002 Toyota Camry
Hello - your symptoms are a bit confusing. The "starts, but shuts off rather quickly" behavior could be a security system problem with your key. The stalling when slowing or stopped could be dirty throttle body, malfunctioning idle air control...
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Hi. I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota. First start of the day is kinda rough after that it starts fine
If the charging system is not recharging the battery and the battery cannot hold a load then it will cause the hard or slow cranking condition. First have the battery checked to see if it is able to hold a...
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When I try to start it, it cranks slowly as in cranks like dead battery but then cranks just fine but won't start
Hello, and thank you for writing in. To begin there may be issues with the wiring, position of the starter, a faulty starter, or an issue with the timing. However start with the simplest options and work you way up...
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What makes my trailblazer start and die repeatedly? I have changed fuel pump and steering column whats next?
Hello, thank you for writing in. When you address the steering column, I am assuming that you replaced the ignition switch. This is one component that may cause this issues, but you are most likely dealing with an air, fuel,...
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Sometimes wont start and sluggish to accelarate.
Hello, thank you for writing in. You are correct in thinking it may be fuel related. The easiest way to narrow in on the fuel system is to pressure test it. Then you know it is the pump, filter, or...
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Car won't start on first attempt, takes several tries the vehicle will turn over 2003 Toyota Sequoia
Hello - most likely, your hard starting is caused by a malfunctioning fuel pressure check valve, or fuel pressure regulator. The fuel system is supposed to hold a small amount of residual pressure in the system for faster starts. A...
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Have a jeep liberty 3.7 and it overheats and runs rough at idle and sometimes hard to start.Also throwing misfire codes 1 and 5
Hello, thank you for writing in. There is a chance that the misfiring is being caused by the coolant leak/overheating issue. The first thing you want to do is find the source of the coolant leak, and take corrective action....
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Jeep is having a hard time starting. 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Hi there - your symptoms suggest a fuel supply issue, quite likely a fuel pressure check valve or fuel pressure regulator issue. Either of these can allow fuel pressure in the injection system to leak down while the vehicle sits....
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Truck stalls, starts back up after 2 min, stalls again starts back up after 2 min, now good for 1 month and it happens again.
Hello, thank you for writing in. Unfortunately you already know that the hardest part is going to be catching the problem when it occurs. With intermittent issues, you must wait to diagnose until it happens again, find damages or flaws...
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I am having trouble getting this vehicle to start and have been eliminating problems.
Hello, thank you for writing in. With the new spark plugs in place, we need to make sure that the distributor and ignition cable is sending those two spark plugs a strong signal. If there is no or low power...
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Turns over but won't start.. 2001 Chevrolet Blazer
Hello - your symptoms and diagnostic efforts still make me suspect that there isn't adequate fuel pressure when you first try to crank it. The fact that it sometimes starts on the second effort reinforces this. If the fuel check...
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06 Silverado 4.3 won't start after a battery reacement, I have good spark to
Hi there. It really depends on whether or not you've had starting issues before you replaced your battery as to where to begin your diagnosis. However, due to the fact that you have a newer vehicle, it is likely that...
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Click noise when I try to start my jeep
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely having issues with the battery cables or the ground connection. With that being said, the battery terminals and the cables both need to be clean, dry, and tight. Double check...
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1997 Honda CR-V cranks but won't fire. Changed fuel pump it ran for a few days. Then would crank and not start. The next day it st
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the issue seems to be fuel related, you are going to want to run some more tests, but they must be done when the vehicle is acting up. When the vehicle will not...
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Hard start hot and cold. Fuel pump, or throttle body?
If the throttle body was causing a hard start, then the engine would run with a loss of power all the time. The hard start could be caused by either the fuel pump not holding the fuel in the lines...
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My vehicle is hard to start.
You can try checking fuel pressure. The fuel pump has a check valve that will not allow pressure to bleed back into the assembly as it pumps. If a fuel pressure gauge is hooked up, the fuel pump will activate...
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SUV stopped running won't start does turn over . Battery light flashes when attempting to start. Acts like starving for gas .
Hello, thank you for writing in. Because the vehicle is new to you, it is difficult to point yourself in a good direction, and we will have to start with the basics. Due to the fact the battery light is...
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if my car takes 4-5 sec to start is it the fuel pump?
Hello, thank you for writing in. A weak fuel pump is a great place to start. If the pump was failing, you may also experience issues while driving. If the fuel system is not keeping fuel available to the engine...

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