Q: Difficult startup especially after sitting off too long

asked by on

My car has difficulty starting up. I have to keep the key in the ignition to crank for 5-10 seconds for it to start. It cranks a lot before it is turned on. I have a check engine light on. The error code P0442 appeared. The starting difficulty doesn't depend on weather. It happens when it is cold or hot, but it happens more often if the car was sitting for a longer period of time. Do you have any advice?

The most common causes of a vehicle having trouble starting are:

  • bad battery
  • failed fuel pump
  • ignition switch
  • no spark present

The P0442 code is a code for a large EVAP (evaporative emmission control system) leak.

With this code and the vehicle starting after it has cranked for a moment, it sounds like the fuel pump might be suspect. Have your difficult startup issue inspected by a qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Difficult startup especially after sitting off too long

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: Car starts and stall with a Check Engine, EPC, and Power Control light coming on.

This issue may be related to a malfunctioning crankshaft or camshaft position sensor. These sensors monitor the position of both shafts and send feedback to the PCM (engine computer) which then sends signals to multiple other things such as fuel...

Q: Misfiring after replacing plugs and coils in 05 F150

I would recommend starting with re-checking all of the plug wires to be sure they are properly connected. Misfiring and shaking may indicate that one or ore of them may not be firing due to an improper connection. If this...

Q: P2101 TAC motor circuit range/performance

All of your codes are relevant to the throttle position sensors except the P0420 which is a catalyst efficiency code. It looks like you have a problem with the accelerator position sensor. The accelerator sensor and the throttle motor have...

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.