Q: Car doesn't always start right away

asked by on

Sometimes my car won't start. I have to let it sit for a few minutes before it will start. It is also making some strange noises.

Hello. There could be a few issues causing a crank no start condition. You could have a sensor that is failing when it gets hot like the crank or camshaft sensor. A failing ECT sensor can also cause a crank no start. The vehicle should be connected to a scanner and checked for codes to see if a cause can be found. For this, I recommend having a certified mechanic diagnose your car’s starting issue and give you a recommendation for repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car doesn't always start right away

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: When I'm on the accelerator, transmission acts as if it doesn't wants to shift.

The problem sounds like you are losing power and most common cause is the distributor causing loss of spark or timing. Take off distributor cap and if there is any oil in cap then replace distributor.

Q: Rack and pinion has a leak

A visual inspection of the power steering system is required. Concerning a BMW, it is slightly more labor intensive because all the power steering components are on the underside of the vehicle which requires lifting and removing the shields underneath....

Q: Power steering leak

The power steering system includes the pump, lines and rack and pinion. The leak could be anywhere in this system. The best way to determine where the leak is coming from is to clean the vehicle and add dye. The...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...