Exception in rendering!

Message: window is not defined

ReferenceError: window is not defined
    at new c (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-1vun90xjs:136:3912)
    at m.mountComponent (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-1vun90xjs:47:15602)
    at /tmp/execjs20161208-55793-1vun90xjs:49:31860
    at a.r.perform (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-1vun90xjs:47:12503)
    at Object.a [as renderToString] (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-1vun90xjs:49:31821)
    at r (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-1vun90xjs:50:21164)
    at Object.S.ReactOnRails.serverRenderReactComponent (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-1vun90xjs:32:6073)
    at eval (eval at <anonymous> (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-1vun90xjs:173:8), <anonymous>:10:23)
    at eval (eval at <anonymous> (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-1vun90xjs:173:8), <anonymous>:17:3)
    at /tmp/execjs20161208-55793-1vun90xjs:173:8

Q: Takes 3-7 tries before engine stays running

asked by on

My car is running very poorly and naturally one would expect that since it is such an older model, however I feel that I can fix it up to perform well again. At present it runs rough and is difficult to start. In the mornings it does turn over and then run for a few seconds, but then it shuts off. It takes 3-7 tries before it will start and stay running. First, it starts off idling at 500 RPM and once it warms up, it idles at 1000 RPM; it should be idling at 700 RPM. Sometimes to help it along, I rev it and it backfires. At times, the engine dies at this point. I have replaced the battery, alternator, spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor rotor and cap. Once my car is moving, then it runs just fine. Can you tell me what I should do next to get my car to start properly?

A: Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing, h...

Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing, hard starting and an unstable idle speed, can be caused by a variety of issues. You mention that you replaced a few parts, namely ignition components, so they should be alright. The next things I would check are the fuel system and the idle air control valve. A faulty fuel pump or clogged fuel filter can cause hard starting and stalling, while a faulty idle air control valve can cause an unstable idle speed. I would look at the vehicle's fuel system first, as you mention that the vehicle misfires as well, which can be caused by a faulty fuel pump. After checking the fuel system I would then move on to the idle air control valve, as a faulty idle air control valve can cause an unstable idle, as well as engine stalling. As these components can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, a proper inspection of your car starting problem by a certified technician from YourMechanic would help determine the exact nature of the issue.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car knocking from low oil

Hi there. Running low on engine oil makes the metal parts inside the engine rub against each other without being properly lubricated. This can cause major internal damage to any or all the components that rely on a steady supply...

Q: Idling problem when hot

It sounds like you may have a clogged fuel filter problem or possibly an O2 sensor. I would inspect these two issues. You may have two fuel filters, one under the hood in the back close to the fire wall...

Q: Car doesnt turn on as there is a clicking noise. 2010 Chevrolet Impala

Hello - your symptoms, and the order in which they occurred, suggest that the alternator was not charging adequately (or the battery has failed), and the battery ran down over the course of a couple of days. I would have...

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...
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.