Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: When I try to start my car, it wont start on the first try

asked by on

Everyday I try to start my car, it wont start the first try. I always have to press the gas for it to start. Why is that?

My car has 97000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi, thanks for writing in. I’d be happy to help. The fuel pressure should be checked to see if the pressure stays static after the vehicle is turned off. If the pressure drops to zero quickly within a few minutes, then have the fuel system checked and problem isolated to see if the issue lies in the fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator, or an injector.

If you would like more help getting a firmer diagnosis, consider having an expert automotive technician from YourMechanic come to your home or office to inspect this issue for you, and make any repairs as needed.

Hope this helps and best of luck!

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car shakes when I accelerate, but stops once I let off the gas.

Hi there. Typically when you accelerate and the engine or steering wheel is vibrating, it's due to motor or engine mounts being worn out. During acceleration, the motor mounts the engine vibrates naturally as RPM's increase. Engine mounts are the...

Q: Electrical problems with driver's side window and door locks.

It is likely that the drivers side window and lock switch has failed. If this module fails you can have numerous concerns related to the power windows and power locks. I would enlist the help of a mechanic to check...

Q: Tensioner Pulley Removal 2003 Dodge Neon

Hi - yes, it should be possible to only remove the serpentine belt idler pulley. After carefully releasing the tensioner, and removing the serpentine belt, there is a plastic cap at the center of the pulley. Pop this cap off,...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
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.