Q: Too long of a crank to start car

asked by on May 28, 2017

I have a 1996 chevy caprice with 14,900 miles. Its taking multiple cranks for it to start overall a 5 to 10 min process to get the car started. If I shut the car off and start it back up within a 1 hour window it will start right back up anything longer it takes the multiple cranks. I had the fuel pump replaced about 5 months ago an it ran ok up until the last few weeks. Also had spark plugs, air filter, fuel filter replaced about 8 months ago. The car was only driven about once a month up until this month where it has become a daily commute vehicle. Any thoughts you might have would be appreciated. Thank you.

My car has 14900 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Fuel Pump Replacement $129.49 - $1235.95 Get a Quote
Fuel Pressure Regulator Replacement $111.81 - $960.90 Get a Quote

It sounds like you may have a fuel supply problem in getting the proper amount of fuel to the fuel injectors. As you know, when you turn the key to on, the fuel pump is activated and the fuel system is primed with fuel at a specific pressure in order to supply the fuel injectors with enough fuel to start the motor. When this is less than what is needed in order for the motor to fire or in some cases higher than normal, you may notice an erratic fluctuation in engine RPMs, hard starting or a lack of power when accelerating as the engine may be starved for fuel if insufficient fuel pressure exists in the fuel system. This can happen when the pump itself is not working properly or when the fuel pressure regulator is not maintaining the proper fuel pressure in the fuel system causing the engine to starve for fuel. This can also happen when there is insufficient connectivity to the fuel injectors which can cause an intermittent fuel spray pattern into the intake system resulting in a lean fuel condition or the motor otherwise starving for fuel. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose your fuel system.

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


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $65/hr

What others are asking

Clutch slave cylinder

Hi, thanks for writing in. If your slave cylinder is leaking in this vehicle, I would not recommend driving it at all. It is very likely that within just a few applications of the clutch, you could lose all of...

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 180,000 miles. As I'm driving it starts to sputter but still going the speed limit.

Sounds like the crankshaft position sensor is loosing connection when driving. Check the harness to the crankshaft position sensor and see if there is a loose wires or if the contacts can be loose when pushed against. The harness could...

Chevy captiva 2014. A/C running warm. Will not recirculate. And even though I have it on face vents, it blows thru them AND bottom

Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely having more than one issue at once. The blend doors control the flow of air through the vents and the cabin. If they are unresponsive, you may have one of...

My car overheated this morning, completely drained the coolant and replaced but still fluctuating to half and below half

If the fluctuations in temperature are relatively rapid, that is not typical of a failing thermostat. It's possible there is a temperature sensor fault, wiring issue or gauge problem that makes it appear as if the engine temperature is fluctuating...

Unnecessary feature now ruined the AC

There are 3 actuators in the 2009 Chevy Traverse model that are located under the dashboard and they all work an essential part of transforming air from hot to cold. They also direct the air to either the vent, floor...

When I'm driving about 40 mph my Jeep Cherokee left wheel gets louder and when I turn left it makes a loud noise down there. What

Front end noises can be caused by a few different components. First, to eliminate the tires as a source, try rotating the tires. Solid axle 4WD vehicles can experience tire wear that can cause excessive noise. Run your hand across...

When gas leval reaches half a tank my car acts as if it has no gas when i get to a quarter it wont run

The fuel pump in the fuel tank is most likely leaking fuel where it hooks to the fuel pump housing. I recommend replacing the fuel pump in the fuel tank.

Ac slows down when accelerating

If you are finding that the A/C blower is not blowing as good when accelerating then you may have a weak battery and alternator. You may also have a blower motor that is going bad. First have the battery load...

How do I toggle in the driver information center (DIC)?

When using the driver information center (DIC), you have to toggle between options. Doing so is very easy, and makes the DIC an easy feature to use. To toggle in the DIC, simply press the up or down arrow buttons...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a General Contractor
If If you're a general contractor, you probably aren’t in the market for a used car. More likely, you’re looking for a pickup truck, because you need to haul equipment and supplies to various job sites. Most contractors will likely...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette
The The Chevrolet Corvette is an American original that has stood the test of time. With the 2012 version, you’ll discover improved handling and horsepower that delivers the superior performance you’ve come to expect from this icon. With options as...
2005 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2005 Chevrolet Blazer: Which One Should I Buy?
Sport SUVs are a class all of their own; these vehicles are meant for a fun drive through the woods and across the trail – but not necessarily to Grandma’s house! Think instead about going through the creek and through...