Q: Occasional difficult startup - 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

asked by on

My car sometimes has difficulty starting. It always starts, but it ocassionally takes a while. It happens usually when the engine is warmed up. The battery is tested and checks out fine. I went to the dealership but they don't know what is causing this. There are no error codes either. Do you have any idea what might be wrong?

Hey there. Heat alters operating parameters and causes phenomena ranging from higher resistance in ignition circuits to vapor lock. When the car is HOT, it would be sensible to investigate the ignition system first and see if any obvious faults pop up. If you need to have this looked at, a qualified expert from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the hard start and pinpoint the 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. Occasional difficult startup - 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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: If I change the battery on a 2008 Acura RDX will I need to do anything besides swap out battery?

There is a lot of memory lost when you change the battery. The radio might need to be re-coded and the power windows and sun roof may not work correctly until you do a re-set. The car may also not...

Q: It threw a code 21 , throttle position sensor bad code. i replaced it and the code went away but i still have no spark.

Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The problems that you are encountering with your vehicle, could be caused by the harness to the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) or the computer itself. Check the harness to the TPS for any...

Q: My car runs hot, past the middle of the gauge, when stopped or sitting at idle.

This is most likely related to a faulty or sticking thermostat or a bad coolant fan relay switch. As you know, the thermostat regulates the coolant flow in and out of the engine and keeps the circulation of coolant going...

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
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.