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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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When I start my car, it turns over fast, but has issues. I often have to give it a little gas to get it to run normally.
Hi there. There is a possible pin hole leak on the fuel system that is drawing in air into the fuel system. This will make the engine stumble as it is trying to start, but when the fuel is moving...
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Hi we just bought a 2006 BMW 325i and today it doesn't want to start. We tested the battery and it is fine.
At 125,000 miles it really could be anything. But two of the most common reasons that a 325 will crank but not start are the power relay or the crank position sensor. If I had to bet on something without...
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Won't start without block heater 2004 Chevrolet Aveo
Hello - oil can get surprisingly "thick and gooey" when cold (think molasses). This makes starting your engine in cold weather more difficult. Check your owners manual to be sure you have the correct viscosity oil for winter driving performed...
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When temperature is below freezing have a hard time starting vehicle (No crank no start).
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several electrical issues that occur in extreme cold weather. Everything is harder to do below freezing temperatures. If the components are all fine, the game you are playing is more preventative. Make...
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My car will only start in neutral and not park. Will it continue to start in neutral. 2003 Suzuki Aero
Hello. It sounds like your transmission position sensor is failing. This sensor sends a signal to the computer to let it know what gear the vehicle is put in and allows the vehicle to start in park and neutral. It...
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On cold start it take long time until it cutch 90 degrees and all that time keep cold/high rpm about 1200
There are many causes of hard starting but illustrative ones are a faulty engine coolant temperature switch (sensor), worn spark plugs, inadequate fuel delivery or pressure (clogged fuel filter), and contaminated or old gasoline. When the engine is cold, high...
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Car cranks more times than normal before starting.
If the engine is not starting as readily as it used to, there is something wrong. There are many causes of hard starting but illustrative ones are a faulty engine coolant temperature switch (sensor), worn spark plugs, inadequate fuel delivery...
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Car seems like it is slower to start when engine is warm
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having issues with the electrical connections to the starter or battery. There are several different ways to go about testing for this. The first thing to do is inspect all...
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Jeep won't start.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle sounds like it is getting fuel pressure while starting or holding it while the vehicle is off. This does not necessarily mean that the fuel pump is sustaining pressure after the vehicle...
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security system is disabling fuel, runs rough, sputters, kills, and hard to start.
Hi there. If your vehicle has a aftermarket car alarm, you can always remove it from the vehicle. If the alarm is factory, then you will not be able to remove it, but you can repair it. It seems as...
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Car Normally starts, sometimes cranks for about 3-4 seconds
There are many causes of hard starting but illustrative ones are a faulty engine coolant temperature switch (sensor), air induction system problems such as a faulty idle air control valve, worn spark plugs, inadequate fuel delivery or pressure (clogged fuel...
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,my car has developed avery hard starting problem overtime and i am asking what could have gone wrong?
Hello, thank you for writing in. When it comes to a hard start there are several components which can add to the problem. If you had the starter bench tested, keep in mind these only measure it's ability to spin...
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mercedes don't start when cold
Hello, thank you for writing in. Vehicles often have a hard time starting when the weather is cold. There is not much you can do besides stay on top of your regular maintenance. With that being said, make sure your...
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Car wont start 1991 Ford
Hi there - regarding the whining noise - your alternator may have bearings that are failing. It may still charge properly (for a while), but will fail at some point. Check your power steering fluid level as well - low...
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Truck wont start or run
If the starter motor is turning the engine over rapidly, at sufficient RPM, but the engine does not catch and run, that means that there is an ignition, fuel, air induction, or mechanical fault in the engine that will have...
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No start
There are many causes of hard starting but illustrative ones are a faulty engine coolant temperature switch (sensor), EGR system problems, large vacuum leaks, a faulty idle air control valve, worn spark plugs, inadequate fuel delivery or pressure (clogged fuel...
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VDC, Slip, service and car take a couple seconds to start.
Hi there. Check the master cylinder reservoir and see if the fluid is low. Low fluid in the brake system will cause the slip light to come on with the VCD light. Also, check the condition of the car battery...
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Starting slow
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first thing we need to determine is if the slow crank is due to an engine issue or if the starter is running slow. As a starter fails, it may produce a slow...
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Battery issue? 2009 Nissan Rouge slow to start. Will a stronger battery help?
Hello, it is very likely that you simply need a new battery but there are also other possibilities such as a bad alternator or starter that could display the same symptoms of a slow start:; therefore it may be best...
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Car Sputters Weaker & Weaker and Cuts Off 1993 Saab
Hello - the "spark" scenario you describe probably did not do any real damage. You may, however, have a problem with cold start feature of your engine management system. This could be a weak coolant temperature sensor, intake air sensor,...

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