Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Difficulty getting car started

asked by on

Initially, my car would start, but it was difficult. While driving, it would try to stall at a stop unless placed in neutral. When you pushed the throttle to the floor, the car was sluggish when gaining speed. I replaced the spark plugs, oil, and distributor cap. I also checked out the various systems in the car and made sure that piston one was at top dead center. Now, the car will not star. If we play around with it, we can sometimes get it to start, but it stalls soon thereafter.

A: Hello. If moving the distributor will somet...

Hello. If moving the distributor will sometimes get the engine started then you may have a bad distributor, or the timing may be off due to a failing timing chain. If it is worn out really bad then the timing will not be correct no matter where you put it. A mechanic would check to see if the timing is right and then check for spark. If there is no spark then the distributor is bad. If there is spark then the carburetor may need to be adjusted. To make sure that the correct repairs are made, have a mechanic inspect your starting issue and get your car back on the road.

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

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!

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: High idle

Hi there, This may be a sign of a failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve is located on or near your intake manifold that monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to...

Q: When I start my car it immediately stops.

The most common thing to look for is the code key causing this complaint. The theft light on the dash may stay on and not go out. The cause can be the key itself or the anti-theft system causing it....

Q: Car doesn't start upon first trying

Try another key to see if the problem is with the key; otherwise your ignition lock cylinder or ignition switch is bad. The ignition switch is the most likely cause of the failure you are having. I recommend having a...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
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.