Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Difficulty starting the car

asked by on

My car has difficulty starting both in the early morning and late in the evening. It takes a lot of attempts for it to start up. First it would make some clicking sounds, then start cranking a bit. After a couple more times I try to start the car, it would crank a little more. It takes over ten times to get the engine to crank normally. Then the car would finally start up. What could be causing this? Thank you.

A: There are several things that can cause the...

There are several things that can cause the vehicle to take many attempts to start. The most common would be the ignition switch, starter, battery, fuel pump, or key cylinder. If you want to have this taken care of, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car's location to diagnose your car's starting issue and make the appropriate repairs.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I fix smoke coming out my engine

Hi there. The cooling system should be inspected in order to determine why the engine is overheating. There are simple possibilities, such as low coolant, a bad engine cooling thermostat, a partially plugged radiator, and a non-functioning electric cooling fan,...

Q: After 20-30 miles driving, squeaking sound begins

Hello there. This is a common fault with the Suzuki Vitara. The most likely causes for the squeaking noise would be the drive belt, axle, tensioner, or idler pulley. Any of these can increase in noise along with the engine...

Q: While changing the valve cover gasket, a piece of the gasket broke and fell down into a hole, what do I do

Hello. I would first try to us some long mechanical fingers to see if you can reach and remove the piece. If not, then see if the hole goes all the way into the oil pan. If it does, then...

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...