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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Proper crank time for auto start to avoid damage/dead-battery

My '99 Grand Prix has an aftermarket remote-start. When the weather gets 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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Why does diesel engine need a warm-up before the start-up?

When starting up, diesel engine needs approximately 5s before turning the key for ignition. Why is this neccessary and what can be damaged if you don't do that?
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'83 Mercedes 300D will not start when warm

The car runs great when first started, great pickup, etc. However, if I stop and shut off the engine, it will not start back up. At times I can pump the accelerator 5 or 6 times and then it will start ...
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Grinding sound during cold start?

I have a 2009 Honda Accord. Over the past several months, I've noticed a grinding sound immediately after cold-starting the engine. It only lasts for a fraction of a second, doesn't continue once ...
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wont start only rapid clicking 2004 chrysler concorde lxi 3.5L

I have a 2004 Chrysler Concorde LXi 3.5. Couple months ago I was driving pulled over shut car off and went into store..when I can out and tried to start it it just rapid clicks . I let it sit for 20 ...
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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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scooter won't restart after shutting off

I have a VIP Future Champion which I ride on a daily basis. I can jump it and it will start. But as soon as I shut it off it won't restart. I've tried to kick start it but there seems to be no ...
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OK to use non-OEM/aftermarket camshaft position sensor?

I have a 2002 2.4L 4cyl Mitsubishi Galant with the error code to replace the camshaft position sensor. The car is having starting issues common with a faulty cam sensor. I know where the sensor is, ...
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Cold Start Problem Chrysler LHS 2001

Last night was the coldest night we had for awhile and this morning when I started my car it initially started up and every thing seemed normal. I put it in reverse, backed out, and then when I put it ...
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Honda City 2009 : It would not start Start

My honda city 2009 AT would not start. The gauges would light up. The power windows,radio and AC worked. I was able to turn the key but when I try to start it, it will just give a sound like it is ...
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1994 honda civic, intermittent cranking, esp on hot days

my 1994 honda civic ex has a problem starting intermittently. especially when its hot outside. if it has been sitting still for awhile then it will crank right up but if i drive to the store when ...
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1997 dodge caravan won't start when motor gets hot

I have a van with the 3.3 in it. It will start in the morning to go to work sometimes die on the way and restart. It also will not start when the motor gets hot it will turn over but not getting any ...
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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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Car won't start/respond to remote or anything until headlights are turned on

I have a 1998 Infiniti I30 in really good condition except for this issue I've been experiencing lately with increasing frequency. What happens is, and there's no surefire way to reproduce the issue, ...
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Methods of diagnosing a non-starting Fiat Uno

I have a little Uno inherited from my dad. Just before he passed away he was having trouble getting it to start, and before that, having it die on a drive somewhere, even close. I would now like to ...
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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Intermittent Start Failure

We bought our van last November from a dealer. Warranty is over :( Now we've got intermittent startup problems. The main noise is the sound when the engine is trying to turn over but immediately ...
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1994 Mazda 323 turns over vigorously but won't start

I recently had my car's fuel pump and battery replaced when I was experiencing very similar symptoms. Car turns over strongly but does not start. I'm wondering if this could be due to poorly done work ...
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How to tell if my starter is the problem

I have a 2008 Honda Civic. My battery was replaced last year. Yesterday my wife tried to start the car. All the lights everything turned on except the car would not start. Not even a sound just turn ...
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Carburetor question, attempting snowblower repair

I have a Craftsman Snowblower, model 247.889702. Unit is a few years old, and I can't get it to start. Unfortunately, I left gas in it one winter and over the summer and of course when I tried to get ...
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what can be the reason my old diesel Mercedes won't start?

The vehicle is a Mercedes-Benz T1 model 308D. The engine is an old Mercedes-Benz OM601.940 4-cylinder indirect injection 58 kW (79 hp) 2299 dm3 diesel engine from year 1992. It's not a turbodiesel! - ...
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Will a BCM prevent a car from starting?

I've been dealing with an issue for over a year wherein my 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix starts sometimes and does not start at other times. I had the issue diagnosed last year by the GM dealership. They ...
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Car starts fine after sitting for half a day but has trouble immediately after being driven

I have a ten-year-old car that I don't use too often (it mostly sits in the garage). Last month, I took it for a ride and the engine overheated. I took it to the service station, and the guys there ...
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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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Intermittent start on hot days with 1992 Honda Civic

This happened twice last summer, and twice this summer. On very hot days ~90F, only after my car has been sitting in the sun all day (so, right after work), it won't start. The first time I thought ...
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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, ...
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Car will not restart after running a while

I drive a Maruti Alto 800, 2013 Petrol model. It is a manual car. It starts fine, cold. I drive for, say half an hour and stop for say refueling then it would not start. It would start after waiting ...
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Why does the starter motor not start on my 2003 Nissan Primera?

I have a 2003 Nissan Primera, Diesel which has been working without any issues. Last night I drive it 40 miles, parked, then tried to use it 2 hours later but couldn't start the engine. Now, when I ...
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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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BMW 530xd e60 2008 diesel engine turns but won't start

I have a problem with my BMW, just bought it, previous owner hasn't been facing such problems. When the engine is cold for e.g.: after night. Outside temperature is about -4 to +1 degree, engine won't ...
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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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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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2008 KIA Sedona will not crank

2008 KIA Sedona has power but will not turnover. Everything works except starter. I tried to tighten the alt ground wire and forgot to remove the battery cable (my error), the alt arched and parked. ...
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1997 Honda Civic won't start; stuck in park

Last Sunday I was driving home and noticed my dash had no lights and my power windows would not roll up. As I pulled into the driveway to park I tried to put the car in reverse. As I did so the ...
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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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What is the difference between a normal battery and a maintenance free battery in a 2 wheeler segment

What is the difference between a normal battery and maintenance free battery. Is a maintenance free battery really free of maintenance or just it requires less no of charge cycles. I currently own a ...
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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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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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Trying to start a Honda CBR250RR after winter (Also feeling a lot of friction when in neutral)

I have 1991 Honda CBR250RR that has been left sitting for the past few months. Unfortunately I didn't take the proper steps for winter storage before I stopped using it. Tried starting it up a few ...
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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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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 drives great but, after you shut off it won't crank for a few hours

92 Plymouth Colt. New plugs; new fuel filter. Car runs great when you crank it and drive for a while, but won't start back until a few hours later. Car turns over fine, just won't start.
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Car wouldn't start apparently due to weak battery, but did start after I added coolant

I know there is a leak somewhere in the cooling system of my 1996 mazda 626. It is an old car, and I just keep adding coolant every two days. This morning, I was not able to start the car. It looked ...
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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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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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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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Unable to start the vehicle depending on how long it has previously been driven

I have a Citroen C3 which is giving me a headache. The problem is a recent one, and is basically that I can't start the car. The strange thing is that the problem only surfaces when I've been driving ...
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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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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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Honda Accord sputtering/choking on start

1996 Honda Accord (manual) 200k+ miles is choking on startups, especially after rainfall. Been happening for a few months now, had it inspected recently and the mechanic saw no issue. When starting ...
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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 ...