Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Motor making a weird noise

asked by on

My car drives, but it takes some time to get my engine started. My motor is also making a weird noise.

A: Hi. An engine that cranks normally but take...

Hi. An engine that cranks normally but takes a long time to start is usually the result of a fuel or spark issue. On the other hand, a vehicle that turns over slowly is usually a sign of a problem in the starting system. It could be something like a worn battery or starter. One item that is known to fail on these vehicles is the fuel pump. There is even a technical service bulletin (TSB) number 96-25-22 regarding this issue. A trained mechanic will be able to inspect your vehicle’s starting issue first hand and see if this is the problem.

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

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: Strange noise while idle and worst when decelerating

Hello, thank you for writing in. The knocking noise from the video may be related to the new distributor that was installed. The distributor and timing can cause pre-ignition of the air-fuel mixture. This causes the rough idle and the...

Q: Skyline GTR R33 Engine swap with Chevy 383 small block, will it fit?

With a large enough budget, you can get just about anything in there. You will need more than just an engine to make everything work like the engine control module from the donor vehicle with a wiring harness installed in...

Q: Windshield wipers stopped working. They'll suddenly stop working then suddenly start working again. Has been happening for a week.

The problem you are describing likely stems from an intermittent electrical fault in the wiper circuit. The windshield wiper system uses a small electric motor to move the wiper arms that you see on the windshield. That electric motor is...

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.