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Q: Randomly doesn't start

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In the past few months, my car has intermittently not started. It seems the trend is that after driving for at least 20 minutes, it can't be started for around 3-4 hours. There is also an issue where the headlights dim when turning the steering wheel if that is related. The mechanics at the dealership have not been able to reproduce the problem despite starting it many times.

My car has 72000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi There, What you are describing sounds like an ignition coil pack that may be failing. Ignition coils are prone to this type of erratic functioning when they are beginning to fail due to the temperature fluctuations under the hood which ultimately cause them to shut down causing the car to only run after cooling down for 30-40 minutes. Ignition coils are coated with a varnish-like insulation that becomes brittle over time after being stretched then contracted repeatedly The insulation develops small fractures that open when heated and close when cooled. When open, they allow shorting of coil windings and decrease or eliminate the coil’s ability to function. This process will repeat itself continuously until the coil ultimately fails completely and must be replaced. I would recommend having a professional from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your ignition system.

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