Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: slow cranking

asked by on

Car cranks for 5 seconds before starting in cold weather [3 Celsius after sitting outside overnight] but starts immediatly after turning it off and on again . My battery is 4 years old and i wonder if it needs replacing or if something else is broke.

My car has 240000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Since diesel engines operate with much high...

Since diesel engines operate with much higher compression ratios than gasoline engines, battery health is very important, especially in cold weather. Have the battery checked and replaced if it tests low. Also important for starting a diesel engine in cold weather are glow plugs. Glow plugs basically preheat the diesel to make cold starting easier. Have the glow plugs checked and/or replaced if need be.

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: Emission garage

For this issue you should have the engine scanned to see if you have a code that can be diagnosed. You may have a problem with your Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve. The EGR valve may just need to be...

Q: Car wont shift into reverse 2005 Hyundai Tiburon

Hello - I believe the shifter cable itself may be worn enough to prevent Reverse engagement. Given that you can manually engage Reverse at the transmission, and have replaced the bushings, adjustment or wear would be the limiting issue here....

Q: Windshield wipers do not work when cold but after car runs for a bit they start right up.

Hi there. The issue you are having is there could be water getting into the motor and arm area that is causing the system to freeze up and not function until the water is thawed out. I suggest greasing up...

Related articles

How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
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.
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.