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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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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.
Hi there. Typically the 'whizzing' sound you're hearing is the starter spinning over without the input gear engaging with the flywheel. This can happen intermittently and eventually will fail entirely. It's a good idea to have the starter and starter...
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My car twice out of 4 times today would not start on the first time. Second time started fine. At 2 read lights it was sort of je
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your symptoms point towards an issue with fuel or spark. If you just had work done on the fuel system, you may wan to have your fuel pressure tested at the engine. This will...
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Starting
Hello, thank you for writing in. When diagnosing an issue like this, you need to take a moment to bring it back to the basics. The car needs fuel, air, and spark to run. If the engine is turning over...
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2012 Ford Fiesta turns over multiple times then starts
You have what is referred to as a "hard start" problem. The relevant service to request, to get your issue resolved, is a hard start diagnostic. The battery is easy to rule in or out as a "cause" if a...
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My car is a 1974 Ford Bronco. I was driving doing about 35 when my car suddenly sputtered and died. Wont idle without foot on gas
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having one of several issues. Due to the lack of self diagnostic programming on the vehicle, it is going to be a process of elimination. You are going to want...
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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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I have a 2012 Dodge Charger R/T AWD and I have check engine light issues
Hello, thank you for writing in. The long list of potential issues that cause hard-starts and misfires is profound. Without knowing exactly what diagnostic codes the dealership was pulling from the check engine light, it is impossible to narrow down...
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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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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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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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