Q: Car takes time to start

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My car fails to start on first crank/attempt, but it starts immediately right up on second crank/attempt.

A: In many cases, a failing sensor can cause a...

In many cases, a failing sensor can cause an extended cranking time or multiple attempts to get the vehicle started. The problem may be difficult to track down. Have an experienced automotive technician, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect the vehicle and use a scanner to log data while cranking and running to help diagnose why the car is hard to start.

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