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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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03 Honda Accord EX which starts, shakes, then dies, yet when restarted cranks up just fine and runs. Ideas??
My first guess is that you may have a leaking fuel injector. When an injector is leaking from the tip, there is no visible sign. When you shut off the engine, the tip of the injector will drip into the...
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Cannot start car daily with unless using starter fluid
Working with starting fluid can be pretty dangerous. One backfire and you can lose your eyebrows in a flash...or worse. That said: a car that is hard to start when cold could just have an air leak. Look for any...
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Getting fuel, spark, compression, air still no start
Hello, thank you for writing in. Considering you have taken on a lot of the main components all at once, you should take a moment to go back through the entire project thus far to make sure everything was done...
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05 acura tl wont crank till the third time trying?
If the problem occurred right after the service, there might be a connection. If the timing belt were not correct I would expect to see a check engine light, so that's probably not the case. But there might be a...
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on a 2009 Golf 1,4I Intermittent self start problem-on turning the key there is a 'wizz" sound but the starter does not kick in.
Hello, thank you for writing in. Typically when the starter motor fails, it does so entirely without an intermittent phase. You are more likely having an issue with the circuit and/or wiring pertaining to the starter system. One way to...
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2011 Audi s5 3.0 hard starting after gassing up
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are many factors to consider in these situations. If your vehicle was run very low on gas, you may have sucked up debris from the fuel tank into the fuel system. You can...
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I have a 2009 dodge caliber with several issues that has happened progressively
Hello, thank you for writing in. We understand some issues are far more complex than others and harder to explain, but you highlighted the major issues well. One aspect about Calibers that is mentioned in the owner's manual is that...
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starter
Hello, thank you for writing in. Even without a check engine light, there may be codes present that will help with this. Scan the vehicle for codes first, and use any present to help guide you. The noises you are...
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There's a clank sound in axel area, car won't start suddenly, and power steering fluid seems to spin more than usual.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having several issues at once. You want to start by addressing the starting problem, as it is the most likely to cause issues with other systems in the car. Start...
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Just replaced the starter. 1st try worked great. Next 4 trys only a click at starter. All lights work. Not a batt prob.
Hello, thank you for writing in. There may be one of several issues going on. First, make sure all of the electrical connections to the starter, including the ground, are clean, dry, and tight. Secondly, a shim is often needed...
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I am having trouble starting my 2007 Dodge Charger and it does not have good acceleration
Hello. There are a lot of things that can cause this on your vehicle. I would usually start by scanning the computer for any codes. If there are codes set it can help to find the issue. If there are...
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Car's electrical completely dies at first crank. Battery is brand new and has been tested at 505 amps.
Hello, thank you for writing in. Electrical issues like this can be tricky. The first thing you should try is starting the vehicle with another battery. Pull a known good battery from another vehicle, and try it in your car...
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2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT security light on constantly and the car will only start after battery is run down and jumped.
Hello, thank you for writing in. You should start by scanning the vehicle for diagnostic codes to see what the security light is trying to tell you. Do this after you can get it to start and can take it...
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Cold start issue.starts after few cranks after sitting idle for 15 hours.starts immediately after 10 hours.New battery & starter
Your engine has variable valve timing and uses oil pressure to work this system in the engine. It will not work correct and can cause starting issues if you are not using the correct 5w30 oil in the engine. The...
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I have a 01 Cadillac Seville that starts up spitters than stalls what could be wrong
The first thing to check for is air leaks. Any air that gets into the engine without being measured will lean out the system and cause problems. Look at all the rubber hoses and boots under the hood to be...
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Why does my car have to turn over a couple times when it is mildly warm?
You may have a problem with injector leakage. When the car has been running the fuel system stays pressurized for a few hours. When the injector valves are old, there may be a small amount of leakage at the tip...
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I have a 2001 Nissan Maxima and it cranks up all day but won't start up it'll start up sometimes and when it does it runs great
It may be that a component has gone tempermental on you. That happens with electronic stuff. The part will fail occasionally until one day it just doesn't work at all. You haven't said whether there is a check engine light...
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My car has trouble starting first thing in the morning or after sitting around for a while.
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the vehicle's issues are resolved by you pumping the fuel pedal, you will want to look into your fuel pressure. The fuel pump may be starting to fail, and you will need to...
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My ford f 150 want turn over changed battery
Hello. There may be one of several issues wrong. When having starting and running issues, always verify that the alternator and battery are working perfectly first. Make sure the battery cables and grounds are clean, dry, and tight. From there,...

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