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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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Car wont start up again once its warm 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Hello - the first thing to check is for problem codes, whether the Check Engine light is on or not. Checking for spark during one of these "warm, won't start" conditions in the next step. Your symptoms are likely a...
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My car wouldn't start until I sprayed some starter spray
Hello. Typically when one has the results you have with starter spray, you are facing a fuel issue. Did the vehicle continue to run after it started, or did the vehicle start for a moment and then stall? When you...
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Lose rpm and hard to start. I have a code p0336 that is read on a scanner.
Hi there. The code for P0336 is referring to the crankshaft position sensor loosing a signal to the computer. I recommend replacing the crankshaft position sensor and it should fix all of your problems. If you need further assistance with...
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My car starts but won't stay on
Hello there, many faults will cause your 2005 Chevrolet Equinox to start then die. The most likely causes for your vehicle are the crankshaft position sensor, MAF sensor, fuel pump relay, ignition coil, or a wiring harness fault. If the...
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When I start my car it cranks the 1st time and then 2nd round starts /new Battery/.it also pour acceleration after stop at light.
Hello. Hard starts and poor acceleration are typically caused by air, fuel, or spark. You are going to want to look into some of these systems a bit further. You can start with the spark plugs and ignition system. When...
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Glow Plug
Hello. The starting issue you are having could very well be caused by the glow plug circuit. It may not be the glow plugs themselves (although it could be), but rather the wires and other parts of the circuit involved....
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Not starting properly
There could be several reasons why your Jeep is hard to start. It sounds like it may be a poor connection. You may want to start by tracing the charging and starting systems' circuits, and make sure that all of...
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Hard Starting 04 BMW X3
Hello there, many common faults will cause your 2004 BMW X3 to have a hard time starting. You have done great in diagnosis and replacing parts that will typically cause this condition. Common causes of a hard start are the...
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I replaced my battery now the starter motor makes a clunking sound and starts after a few tries
Hello there, many faults will cause your 2003 Land Rover Range Rover to take multiple tries to start. It is great you have already replaced the battery as this is a very likely cause in most cases. There are many...
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Stalls and stutters only in the morning when I start it
As a general rule, car engines do not like cold weather and do not do operate as well in cold weather. When you start your car in the morning and turn the key to on, the coolant temperature sensor immediately...
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My car want start when cold Without acceleration
On a car of this age, make sure all engine maintenance (plugs, wires, filters) is up to date and change the fuel filter. If the difficulty still persists, a hard starting diagnostic, performed by YourMechanic, would identify the issue. Possible...
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How do I stop my car from overheating?
Once the car is completely cool, check the coolant level in the radiator. If low, that will cause overheating. If it is low, you might have a leak that should be diagnosed. If the level of coolant is correct and...
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Car is struggling to turn over
Hello. Thanks for writing in. To start, lets determine what you mean by "struggling to turn over". Does it sound like the starter is working at its prime, and the problem is with the engine? Or does the starter lag...
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Car won't start while it's hot. After cooling it starts right up
Hello. First we need to know if the vehicle is cranking over or not. If it is, then the heat is likely causing expansion and the electrical components are struggling. If the engine is not cranking over then the starter...
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extremely rough starting
Hello. Thanks for writing in. Start by putting the hose clamps back on. When it comes to this kind of situation, it really is a process of elimination. If reinstalling the hose clamps has no effect, and don't be surprised...
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What do I do when the car won't crank and shows 'check starting system'? But after a couple of trials it starts without any issues
Hello. The first thing to understand is that the check starting system light illuminates for several reasons. The starting light will give you a diagnostic troubleshooting code when the vehicle is scanned with the light on. Due to the fact...
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My 2003 Toyota Sequoia starts then dies and does this a couple of times until it stays running. It only does this when it's cold.
Although it is a little cumbersome, you could try to rule in or out a fault in the fuel delivery system by having an assistant quickly introduce "starter fluid" into the intake right at the point (very quickly, of course)...
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Why does my car struggle to start every 4th to 5th time?
It sounds like your starting issues may be linked to a problem with air metering or fuel delivery. A clogged or malfunctioning idle air control valve may show some of the same symptoms you are describing. The idle air control...
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My car starts and then dies several times before it will stay running, but only when it's cold
Hi there. One of the most overlooked issues that can cause hard starting when it's cold is a malfunctioning engine coolant temperature sensor. If the coolant level is low, the coolant temperature sensor can send false information to the computer,...
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Car has a starting problem 2006 Toyota Corolla
Hello - there are a couple of possibilities for hard starting. You mention cold weather as a factor here. A failed coolant temperature sensor, or one that is not delivering a cold enough reading to engine management, will cause hard...

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