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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 stutters on initial startup when cold 2001 Toyota Camry
Hello - a "hard start when cold, or left overnight" is usually a fuel mixture problem during cold start. The coolant and air temperature sensors cause problems when they do not accurately measure coolant and air temperatures, report bad temperature...
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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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Hard to start
Check cylinder compression and also check for exhaust restrictions (use a gauge to measure back pressure). If no problem is found, cleaning the injectors is not a bad idea but such has to be done off the vehicle (by commercial...
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2010 Mazda 3 start issues
There are many causes of hard starting but illustrative ones are a faulty engine coolant temperature switch (sensor), malfunctioning idle air control (IAC) valve, vacuum and EGR leaks, inadequate fuel delivery or pressure (clogged fuel filter, injectors), and contaminated or...
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Sometimes it doesn't want to start , shakes bad , low idle , maintenance required light
Of course, be sure any required maintenance has been performed. YourMechanic can assist with maintenance. For example, if the spark plugs have not been replaced as required that alone can cause the hard starting that you are reporting. Other causes...
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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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2005 pontiac g6 won't start unless I tap gas pedal and turn key to start at same time.. Also hesitates a bit while driving.
You may have a malfunctioning idle air control valve. By holding the throttle open manually by depressing the accelerator pedal, you are allowing enough air in for the car to start. If the fault is not the idle air control...
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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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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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Crank no start condition 2000 Chevrolet K1500
Hello, your "Cylinder 3" symptoms suggest either a leaking injector as you noted, or possibly crossed plug wires. If Cyl 3 firing makes it harder for your engine to start, that suggests that it might be firing out of order....
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My car has prolonged crank time and poor acceleration
Low fuel pressure could explain your problem. The fuel pump and pressure regulator are designed to maintain very specific pressure at the fuel rail so that the ECU can control fuel mixture by varying the amount of time the injector...

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