Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car want start when cold Without acceleration

asked by on

I have a 1998 Nissan Maxima with a remote starter on it and the problem I am having is when it gets real cold my remote starter is not working without me going out to it and stepping on the gas. Please help me. Thanks!

My car has 226000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

On a car of this age, make sure all engine maintenance (plugs, wires, filters) is up to date and change the fuel filter. If the difficulty still persists, a hard starting diagnostic, performed by YourMechanic, would identify the issue. Possible causes of hard starting in cold weather are fuel system and/or sensor faults but the air induction system would be a possibility as well. If the engine coolant temperature sensor does not correctly report the "cold" status of the engine, insufficient fuel will be supplied at cold start up. Other common possibilities are weak ignition coil(s) and dirty fuel injectors.

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: My car starts and then dies several times before it will stay running, but only when it's cold

Hi there. One of the most overlooked issues that can cause hard starting when it's cold is a malfunctioning engine coolant temperature sensor. If the coolant level is low, the coolant temperature sensor can send false information to the computer,...

Q: Does any one know how to change the fuel plate to increase power? I know how just don't feel comfortable doing it.

Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. The fuel plate can be removed by taking off the air intake tubing and removing the screws that hold the plate housing in place. Once the housing is off, you would be able...

Q: Antitheft system not allowing car to turn over

We must determine whether the fault concerns the vehicle or the lock and key set you carry personally. The vehicle system can have a faulty sensor or module causing your concern or a broken/weak transmitter in the key itself. Have...

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.