Q: Engine kicking on startup when it's cold

asked by on

I have a 2001 Jimmy with 4.3 L engine that kicks on startup when cold. It feels like too much advanced. It runs fine after starting.

The first thing you’d want to do is check the ignition timing. It is possible that it is too far advanced.

If it is too far advanced, odds are, it’s going to need a timing chain, which can be very typical for those things. But, of course, you’d want to have the battery, the alternator, and the starter checked because if any of them are weak, it might not get enough power and kick a bit. But a lot of times it is the timing chain that is worn. So, get that checked out first. Your best bet may be to have this looked at by a professional, such as one from YourMechanic. They will be able to diagnose your car’s hard starting issue if it is starting to become a major problem.

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. Engine kicking on startup when it's cold

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: Timing marks does not come back to TDC after I hand rotate it on a 5.4 2006 Triton.

When rotating the crankshaft and turning the engine over, the camshafts will realign after the crankshaft has turned twice. Now, the marks on the timing chains will take around 15 rotations to line up on the timing marks on the...

Q: Ocassioanl stalling at idle, RPMs fluctuate at idle - 1995 Chevrolet K2500 Suburban

You either have a leaking injector that is dripping fuel after you shut off the engine and causing a flooded engine and will cause the hard start and erratic running conditions. You could also have a fuel pressure regulator or...

Q: I have an issue with my vehicles' rear air springs.

If one air spring will hold pressure and the other will not, there is an air leak in the part of the system that operates the spring that will not hold pressure. The leak can be in the line between...

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...
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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...