Questions regarding problems starting an engine. May be related to the starter system or other problems preventing the engine from running

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Ignition key sticking - key problem or lock problem?

The ignition key for my 2000 Camry has symmetric teeth, and it has always worked when inserted either way. A few months ago the ignition lock started sticking periodically, and I discovered that it ...
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Car engine starts only for a fraction of a second and doesn't anymore?

Recharged the car battery, dashboard lights all on, starter motor producing the starting sound. Engine not starting. After seeing this question, I cleaned the solenoid brushes and at the first turn of ...
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92 Civic engine won't start after replacing head gasket

I just replaced the head gasket in my 1992 Civic. Started it up before putting everything back together (just a second since it had no coolant, exhaust wasn't connected, etc.) and it ran fine. But now ...
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VW Golf TDI makes a 'sneezing' sound on startup

I really don't know how else to describe it. Car has no issues starting or running, but for about the last 2 months every time I cold start it, the engine makes a sharp, high-pitched noise like a ...
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2007 T5 AWD Volvo S40 key won't start the car or unlock the doors

I didn't drive the car for three weeks. When I went to open the car to drive to work my keyless entry fob wouldn't work so I used the actual key to open the door. When I tried to start the car of ...
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Engine condensation causing no-start condition

I have a 2000 GMC Savanna, and I've had this problem twice. If we have a particularly cold few days, then a warm humid front moves through overnight, the engine won't start. I can see quite a bit of ...
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Scooter won't start

My friend has a Chinese 50cc scooter "VIP Future Champion" that won't start. He let the battery run down when it was still operable, over a year ago, and when he finally replaced the battery, it ...
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How do I troubleshoot a vehicle that won't start?

My 2000 Chevy truck lights all come on like normal but won't start there is nothing . I hooked 2 wires to the starter and hit them together and it started. Any idea what the problem is
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If the engine starts and keeps running, is my fuel pump okay?

I have an '06 GMC Canyon and I had it not starting in a parking lot last night. The starter was turning, but the engine would never actually turn over and start. There was an old timer that came by ...
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2006 Xterra Doesn't Always Start

I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra with about 106,000 miles on it. For some reason, the car doesn't always start. I will try to start the car, and I can hear it attempting to start but it never does. ...
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2005 Mercury Montego securilock appears stuck

I've got a 2005 Mercury Montego that wont turn over. You would think the thing is complete dead, lights don't turn on, power locks don't work, but the battery is full. What does happen though is a ...
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Suzuku Katana does not start after an accident

I have a Suzuki Katana GSX600F. So, after an accident I was in, I rode the bike home and all was fine except a little cosmetic damage, then in a rainstorm it tipped over and after picking it up and ...
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Hard Start in cold weather

We have a Ford Escape (2005 V6) with approximately 125k on it. I have done most of the maintenance on it myself since we bought it at 90k and it has overall been a great vehicle. The past two ...
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Jetta 2005 won't go past 20 mph

My Jetta GL 2.0 2005 automatic transmission, struggles to start and it wont go past 20 mph when it does. It only starts if I step on the gas pedal while starting. It makes a weird sound just after the ...
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Proper crank time for auto start to avoid damage/dead-battery

My '99 Grand Prix has an aftermarket remote-start. When the weather get's around 5°F like it is now, the engine does not start after 0.8 seconds of cranking. The system detects the car is not running ...
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Trouble starting 1997 Pulsar N15

I'm having difficulty troubleshooting an issue starting my 1997 Pulsar N15 (also known as Nissan Centra, Nissan Almera in other countries). If the car has been sitting for a few hours (or overnight), ...
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1986 VW Jetta Glow Plugs Not Getting Current

My 1986 VW Jetta seems to have a cold air sensor switch that isn't working. When I turn the key on and wait the little yellow light glows and then turns off just like it should but the plugs don't ...
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2002 Malibu will not start: 6 beeps followed by “cal err” followed by 4 fast beeps

My 2002 Chevy Malibu will not start. After turning the key to "On", the car beeps 6 times. After the last beep, "cal err" appears on the clock/radio display, and the car beeps an additional 4 times ...
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What might cause inconsistant ignition, an extemely loud bang but no visible damage?

I have an old 1993 Triton ute. It has a 4G54 carby engine. It's run as well as can be expected of an engine like that with nearly 400k on the clock. Just recently one day I jumped in to go for a ...
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Ford 460 Does Not Start Only Backfires When Cranking Over

I have a Pioneer Jet Boat with a Berkeley Pump attached to a Ford 460 big block. The 460 has a Holley carbureter, and Basset water-injected headers. The engine was running fine until one day when ...
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Several attempts at cranking required to start car

Every time I get in and turn the key nothing happens. After turning the key a number of times, it will start up as normal. I have had a new battery, and new wiring to the starter motor installed, and ...
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1999 Ford Interceptor 4.6 L not starting

After replacing the intake the car will not start. The lights on the dash come on, the fuel pump pumps, the fuel rail has been bled. And yet when I turn the key, no click just some relay clicks after ...
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What could cause a 2001 Toyota Echo not to start (constant clicking)?

I have a 2001 Toyota Echo that is not starting. The eclectrical seems to be fine (lights, console, everything boots up), but when trying to start there's just a constant clicking, no turn over. Doing ...
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Peugeot 406 won't start in cold weather

I drive a Peugeot 406 2.0 HDI, 2001. This morning it was -13 °C (9 °F) and the engine couldn't start. First two times, I could hear the engine running, but the third time it died and my temporary data ...
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Jetta turns off immediately after starting

So I parked my Jetta ('06 2.5) 2 nights ago, when I went to start it yesterday morning, the starter seems to work fine- turns over, then instead of idling down, it turns off. Must have tried it 5 ...
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Starter Turns Over then Engine Stalls

Make: Chevrolet Model: Impala Year: 2005 Engine: 3.4 L Mileage: 94,000 For a while now, when I start my vehicle cold, the starter turns over just fine. However, as soon as the engine kicks on and ...
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Small two-stroke engine runs poor

I have a borrowed cultivator (Echo TC-2100), and having hard time running it. It looks fairly new, and in good condition, but was possibly poorly stored and was not winterized. At first I could not ...
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2004 Chevy Malibu Classic Acceleration & starting problems

I was riding along and my 2004 Chevy Malibu Classic stopped accelerating. I was pressing the gas but it wouldn't go any faster. I coasted off the highway and turned it off, then I started it back up ...
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2005 Toyota Rav4 Won't Start

I have a 2005 Toyota Rav4 with about 130k miles on it which, after the other day, will no longer start. I drove it to the store, and while stopped, idling at a stoplight on the way home, the engine ...
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Car doesn't start for 1 hr

My 1997 Dodge grand Caravan will run fine for about 2 to 3 weeks, then all of a sudden when I turn it off it doesn't want to start back up: all the lights work just fine and I got full power, but it ...
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2000 Chevy Camaro starts, idles low around 1000 rpms for 4 or 5 seconds before dying

It's a 2000 Camaro v6 manual. Most days the car starts just fine but on other days I might have to start it 20 times before it stays on. When I start it, the RPM is around 1000 but slowly drops to ...
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Motorcycle: Honda VTR 250 difficulty starting

I have a 2000 model Honda VTR 250. Up until now the bike has been super reliable. However, recently it has been struggling to start in the morning. The engine turns over many times before catching and ...
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Start Motorcycle Garaged for Over a Year

What do I need to do to get my motorcycle running again after I've left it in my garage for over a year?
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50cc Two Stroke Scooter/Motorcycle - Idle and start issues

this is my first motor-vehicle ever, a Simson s50 from 1976. Things seem to be running fine, but there are two problems I need to figure out: 1) The engine dies unless rev'ed constantly - eg at a ...
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Yamaha Vstar 250 won't start: need to diagnose and fix possible fuel, battery, or flooded carb

My riding experience: 1 day. Already I'm an idiot. This will probably be a good laugh for most of you. I purchased a used bike, Yamaha VStar 250, <2,000 miles, <4 years old. Battery has not ...
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1992 Toyota pu 4cyl 4wd won't start

I bought this truck basically blind, not knowing anything but the mileage (over 200k) & that it wasn't locked up. The truck has been parked for over a year, it is getting plenty of spark but no ...
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WagonR refuses to start sometimes

My Suzuki WagonR (2008) is about four years old now. The problem is that my car refuses to start sometimes. I doubt my battery is the problem and the history of my battery is that I have not changed ...
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Car not starting

My car worked fine till yesterday and yesterday evening I just injected engine oil, power steering oil, coolant and water for wipers. I am pretty sure I added right fluids in right places and I parked ...
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Engine turns over but doesn't start. Puff of smoke

This morning I got in my car (Mk3 Golf) and went to start it. The engine will turn over indefinitely but not start. On my second attempt, again it would turn over, but as soon as I let go of the key ...
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2001 Grand Cherokee Has not been starting?

In September someone broke into my car, nothing was missing but the alarm went off until the next day I came back from school and the battery was completely drained. So my dad jump started it and ...
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Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2.0 2008 - Difficulty Starting

Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2.0 2008 and takes at least 4-5 attempts to start before it idles badly for about 10 seconds and then is fine. Doesn't die at the traffic lights, no problems at all otherwise. ...
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1981 amc concord won't start

I have a 81 amc concord. I drove it and it died and went to start it again there was nothing. Replace starter battery and starter relay. There is no headlights no buzzer no radio no dome light. Any ...
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2002 Volvo C70 won't start on first try

My C70 turns over but won't fire. I let it sit for a minute or less and it fires right up. This problem is becoming more and more frequent. Once it starts the car is great for the rest of the day.
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key wont turn, can't change gear on automatic Plymouth Neon 2000

The key wont turn in ignition switch, I can't change the gear (the button is locked sort of). 2000 Plymouth Neon Automatic. Is there a temporary fix to it? Never had this problem before.
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2000 Chevy Silverado 5.3L turns over but won't start, no spark

A few weeks ago I noticed that the wire going to the starter from the solinoid was broken off at the connection, so I resoldered it, and it ran for a few weeks until this happened: I went out to ...
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Mercedes ML 430 will not start. No click, no electrical lights nothing.

After taking a nap in the parking lot at my job, the driver's seat (power seating) -- the passenger seat did work-- I had laid back could not be readjusted. After work I went home (3am closing shift). ...
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Citroen C2 VTS 1.6L 2007 - Not starting - sometimes clicking and other times nothing at all

I have a Citroen C2 VTS 1.6L 2007, with a very similar problem to; Unable to start the vehicle depending on how long it has previously been driven I am currently trying to fault find. Symptoms: The ...
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Is that easy to start a car like in the movie Parker?

In the movie Parker Jason Statham/Parker steals about 4-6 cars in the movie. Every car he steals he starts the engine by messing around with the wires under the steering wheel. Is it that easy to ...
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2001 Honda Accord won't start in cold

Last week, I went to start my car in the morning and it wouldn't immediately start. After cursing a bit, I held the key for ~10 seconds and it fired up. I drove home (30 min drive), turned it off ...
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My 2003 Grand Am won’t start

I have a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am that would not start. All the lights, power windows, radio etc. work, but when you turn the key it is silent. It won’t even jump start. I had also put in a new solenoid, ...