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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 cranks over but wont start. Looking for some answers maybe...
There are several possible causes for a vehicle to crank and not start. There could be a bad fuel pump, faulty plugs, bad timing belt/chain, faulty ignition, failed camshaft/crankshaft sensor, or any number of other possible causes. It would first...
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Cranks but won't start
There are several possible causes for a vehicle to crank and not start. There could be a bad fuel pump, faulty plugs, bad timing belt/chain, faulty ignition, failed camshaft/crankshaft sensor, or any number of other possible causes. It would first...
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After ice storm my car won't start.
Hi there. Check the starter wires and make sure that they are tight and clean. If the wires are good, then try tapping on the starter solenoid. If you hear a click when trying to start the engine, then the...
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Won't start and has not electrical power.
Hi there. Check the battery and see if there is a voltage. If there is not voltage or a very little voltage, then I recommend replacing the battery. If there is a voltage and it is lower than 12.4 volts,...
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My Car Wont Start After Being In An Accident
Anytime a car is in an accident you may have damages to the engine harness, fuel pump or even components that can be damaged when the accident happened. I would recommend having the computer scanned and systems checked by a...
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The car won't start
There are several possible causes for a vehicle to crank and not start. There could be a bad fuel pump, faulty plugs, bad timing belt/chain, faulty ignition, failed camshaft/crankshaft sensor, or any number of other possible causes. It would first...
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My car will not start or turn over.
Hello, thank you for writing in. We need to start by looking into the battery and the charging system one more time. The first thing to turn your attention to is the battery cables. You mentioned that corrosion was present...
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Why won't my 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier start?
Hello. It sounds like you have an ignition problem. If you are not getting spark then this will occur. I usually check fro spark first. If you have spark then it may not be timed correctly. You may have a...
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my car wont start the battery
Hello, It sounds like you may have something wrong in terms of a fuel supply issue. Since the car started once, generally this means it does have spark and that there are not ignition problems preventing it from firing. It...
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car is not cranking, wont start.
Usually when the car will not crank but has power to other systems, the starter is a possible cause of this issue. Considering that you have had the vehicle for 9 years and never changed the battery, it is also...
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Why is my 2004 Honda Pilot not starting
Hello. If you are getting the green light when this occurs then it is a theft system issue. I usually start by trying a second key if you have one. An old key can cause this. If there is not...
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Some of the time my 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will not start.
Hello. If you are getting a check engine light along with a no start, but there are no codes then you may have a computer issue or a voltage problem. I would need to know if the engine will crank...
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Truck cranks but will not start
Of course, check to see if any diagnostic trouble codes have been recorded by the PCM. Check fuel adequacy and pressure (note, "old" fuel can result in no start) and check for function of fuel injectors. If you suspect inadequate...
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car cranks but won't start
Knowing for sure that there is no fuel getting to the fuel rail does help narrow down the possibilities. You will first need to find out if the fuel pump is working. Does it activate when/if it is getting the...
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Recently purchased a used Mazda 3. It sometimes doesn't start and not battery. Believe its the switch / contact in the shifting
There is a neutral start switch and other interlocks that could be at fault. On some Mazda's with this problem a reported fix involves the plastic shifter cable which can seize to the stud on the switch due to rust...
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Car won't turn over
The battery should be load tested by a professional. Load testing can only be reliably performed on a fully charged battery. If the battery passes a load test be sure it is NOT a marginal pass in which case you...
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Truck won't turn over
The battery should be load tested by a professional. Load testing can only be reliably performed on a fully charged battery. If the battery passes a load test be sure it is NOT a marginal pass in which case you...
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No start
If Diagnostic Trouble Codes were downloaded, those codes would really would be key to advising you. If there is no spark, obviously all ignition system components are possible suspects but if the coil(s) and spark plugs are new, the crankshaft...
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will not start
You possibly have a dead battery but sometimes one can have both a dead battery and a weak (dying) starter motor. Batteries that are somewhat dead can often still run lights, dash lights and so forth but will not have...
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Car won't start. Got a new battery. Still won't start. Lights came on once I turned ignition everything died out.
A dead alternator will not prevent the engine from starting. As long as the car battery is FULLY charged and not defective, the battery alone provides all of the power required for ignition and starting. However, a dead alternator will,...

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