Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't start easily in the mornings. I have to wait 30 seconds then it will start.

asked by on

In the morning I start my car then it cuts off.when I try to restart it it just turns over. I can wait 30 seconds or so and it will restart. It rough idles at first but when I give it gas it runs fine all day no missing or anything. It does this every morning. I have replaced plugs , cam shaft sensor, intake hose all filters still have same issuers

My car has 164000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Does the vehicle restart if you turn it off...

Does the vehicle restart if you turn it off after it warms up? You should start by testing your fuel pump.

Before starting the vehicle in the morning, turn the key to the on position two or three times. Turn the key, wait 5 seconds, and then do it again. This is essentially priming the pump. When doing this, listen very carefully (or have someone turn the key while you listen at the gas tank) for the sound of the pump priming. It will sound like a faint "whirling" sound.

If the vehicle starts the first time, you will want to replace the fuel pump module. Anytime you replace the fuel pump, you need to change the fuel filter as well. The fuel filter, if clogged, will also restrict the flow of fuel and cause issues. The new pump should not be restricted by a used filter.

If you need some help with getting this fixed, consider YourMechanic, as one of our mobile technicians can come to your home or office to diagnose your hard starting symptoms and help you make an accurate repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 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

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: After changing radiator and oil, car stalls when coming to stop. Is the motor damaged?

Hello. Stalling can be caused by many things. If the engine is no longer overheating, then it is unlikely that the stalling is directly related to the radiator repair. A few common causes for stalling when braking are a faulty...

Q: Hit the curb

The complete front end and frame would need to be inspected to see what got damaged from hitting the curb. You may have damaged the axle, strut, control arm, hub, subframe and steering gear, to name just a few possible...

Q: My car is not starting when the MAF sensor is plugged in - 1991 Nissan Serena

This may be a sign of a dirty or failing mass air flow sensor. The mass air flow sensor is a unit in the intake system that monitors air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.