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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Oil leak should have changed oil not added

I have a Vauxhall antara and the warning light came on for what I thought was low oil so I refilled and checked dip stick and all was fine. I have now noticed oil leaking from my car and on further ...
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No spark either side

Engine won't start but turns over. 4 cyl with 8 spark plugs all eight produce no spark while cranking. I have an 1989 ford ranger xlt 2wd 4 cyl. During the crazy cold spell here in northern ...
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Intermittent no crank issues

My girlfriend has 2003 VW Beetle (2.0L, 5-speed manual). Sometimes, when you turn the key to crank over the car it tries to turn over but then hits a wall. No clicking happens at all. It starts to ...
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My 2009 Vauxhall Corsa D Won't Start

I measured the voltage of the battery without the key in the ignition and it's 12.6. When I insert my key and turn on the ignition the electrics work fine, the headlights come on etc. When I turn ...
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Car is frozen. cannot start

Okay, my car is frozen. it's negative Fahrenheit over here now. What I've tried: jump start, warm up starter, new spark plugs. nothing helps. I guess the only approach is to heat it in the garage, ...
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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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Turning Key Results In No Sound, Rarely

I have a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. For almost 2 years now, when I try to start the car it results in no sounds from the motor - this happens about 5% of the time. The other 95% it starts on the first ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mercedes 2.7CDI C Class 2004 Hard Starts

My 2004 2.7CDI gives me a hard start when I am starting it the first time in the morning after parking it over night it but works and starts perfectly thereafter till the next morning. The fault does ...
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Audi A3 sometimes starts at the third attempts

I have a 2006 Audi A3 car w/ 1,6 liter gas engine and an automatic transmission. My trouble is that at times the car will only start at the third attempt. So far my observation is that this seems not ...
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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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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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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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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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What are the effects of using HD-30 in a car which takes 5W-30?

I recently changed my oil, and I didn't have quite enough oil to top it off so I used HD-30 oil for my last .7 out of 4 quarts total. My car normally takes 5W-30 and after a little research I figured ...
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Having difficulty starting car in the morning/first start after a while

I've got a pretty old car (Nissan Pulsar J1J 1991 auto, 203K kms on odometer) and it drives pretty well - I'm using in on a roadtrip across New Zealand and have taken it on pretty mountainous terrain ...
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Excessive vacuum making new fuel cap hard to remove

I recently had the gas cap changed (told there was a vacuum issue) at inspection. It is very difficult to remove this new cap when I go to fill up. Now the car is experiencing episodes where it does ...
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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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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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Car won't crank, turn over, or start

All the lights in my car work, but when I turn the key, you only hear the slightest click sound. That's it! Lately there's been a delay when trying to start it. I've had to hold the key turned longer. ...
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Starting Issues with Good Battery, Starter, and Alternator

I have a 2008 Jetta that refuses to start every now and then. When I turn the key it makes clicking noise like battery is dead. I had the battery, starter and alternator checked. All good. The car ...
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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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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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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 ...