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Q: Car hard to start after replacing battery

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The battery was just replaced, but the car is still hard to start. I'm thinking it could possibly be the alternator or starter causing the problem.

A: Hi there. If the engine is hard to start it...

Hi there. If the engine is hard to start it can be caused by a number of things. If the engine cranks very slow then the problem is more than likely from a bad battery cable or a starter that is failing. A mechanic would perform a voltage drop test of the battery cables to see if they are bad and then a starter draw test would be done. If the engine is cranking fast and just taking a long time to start then it is typically caused be a failing crank position sensor or a fuel pressure problem from a failing pump. If you’d like to have this problem diagnosed by a professional, have a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic determine what is causing the starting issue.

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