Q: My car is hard to start, and runs poorly when it does start.

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Although its been cold outside I have never had this issue when starting my vehicle before. First it has a hard time starting then once started the engine light begins to blink (I have always had issues with the engine light coming on and off throughout the time that Ive owned the vehicle but despite having it checked out nothing was wrong). A couple other alarms start going off but they don't stay on long enough for me to figure out what they are. It makes a "glug glug glugging"noise and the entire vehicle is bouncing with every glug. When I put it into gear the glugging noise becomes deeper and almost a bit slower and there is hardly any power to actually move the vehicle forwards or backwards. I know this all probably means a serious issue I just want to know what the problem is.

My car has 219000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

At 219 thousand miles, it really could be anything. But don’t panic, just because the symptoms are major, doesn’t mean the solution is. If you have had check engine lights in the past, there have been stored codes, so there must have been something going on. If nothing was done about the problems then you may just have a bunch of issues stacking up on you. The check engine light blinks when the malfunction that the ECU sees is likely to cause catalyst damage if you continue to drive. Usually it’s a steady misfire that brings on the blinking light. The solution could be as simple as a set of spark plugs, or maybe some ignition coils, but its impossible to say from where I sit. If you contact Your Mechanic they can send a technician to your home or office to check out your car and give you some advice about what to do next.

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