Questions tagged [cold-start]

The act of starting a vehicle in which the internal combustion engine that is at or near the same temperature of it's environment.

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Is revving the engine to redline on idle at morning bad? [duplicate]

I own a Ford Ecosport Diesel Turbo 1.5 TDCI. Every morning when I start the car, I put it on neutral and rev it up to 6K RPM for 3 seconds then bring it back to normal idling without revving and start ...
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Is it true that most of the engine wear during its life time occurs during a cold start up?

I have heard this idea several times, but is it true? Theories I read about why that might be true: The engine is running rich at startup because it is running in open loop, which can cause damage ...
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Change in exhaust note after extreme backfires--what did I break?

I had quite a morning with my 1986 BMW K75 this weekend. The plan was to ride the bike to a friends house to store it for the winter. The weather was pretty cold on this particular morning, perhaps 15*...
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Should I avoid full throttle when driving with a cold engine?

Apparently I should avoid full throttle until my engine temperature is warmed up fully (to 90 degrees on the gauge) Normally I just get in and drive normally after about 10 seconds, and then after ...
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KTM Duke 390 - Does it have to be hot to ride?

I have a KTM Duke 390 - 2013, single cylinder 373 cc motorcycle for 4 months now. I bought it from another owner when it was around 9500 km. now It's at 12000. This is my first bike, and I'm trying to ...
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Bad to run the car for a short duration, turn it off, and start up again?

Is it bad for the car to start it up in the morning, spend 10 seconds driving it out of the garage, then shut it off while I go close the garage door and then a few seconds later get in and start it ...
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Preventative maintenance to avoid winter start difficulties?

Over the last 3 years I have changed my battery twice, the starter motor, the timing chain, and water pump. Still, it seems that my car doesn't start on cold weather winter days at least 3 times a ...
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What are common cold weather starting issues with cars?

Based upon the current weather in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, I would imagine there are some people suffering from all manner of cold related vehicle issues. What are some of the leading issues ...
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Is it possible to have glow plugs on all the time for certain amount of time?

I have Audi A4 B7 2005 2.5TDI. The temperature drops below 0 °C where I live. When it's cold (e.g. starting from 5 °C) my car starts having problems starting up. When I start it in the morning ...
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Issues cold starting diesel van

Our van has been progressively getting worse at starting up in the morning. It only has issues when the engine is cold. Initially I thought it might be the glow plugs. I tested their resistance and ...
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Startup problems: low idle RPM and stall on pressing the accelerator

My sister has a nice first generation Nissan Micra 4-speed automatic (I think it's the naturally aspirated, non-electronic carburetor version) . However, when starting it from a cold start (not ...
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1994 Mercedes-Benz C 180 (W202) won't start

Background My 1994 Mercedes-Benz C 180 (W202) won't start. We are in a very cold winter, but even one month ago, it was not that cold. Under the rear view mirror, there are two small lights: one ...
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How would a camshaft start moving during a cold start?

I want to know how would a camshaft ( and valves by association ) start moving on a cold start up? What gets them running and moving. Are there something they connect to to get them going?
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What exactly is meant by the phrase “plugging in your engine”?

I have found a relevant quote from here that might be related: Plugged-in engines are already half-warmed when started. Fuel consumption is thus reduced by an average of 15 per cent over the first ...
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Trouble starting car, cold weather. MB A140 W168

So, I have a Mercedes-Benz, A140 W168. I moved to Finland about 18ish months ago which is when we bought the car 2nd hand. Last winter temperatures only went down to around -15C (5F) degrees, and ...
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50cc Chinese Scooter GY6 QMB139 hard start when cold

My 50cc Chinese Scooter GY6 QMB139 hard start when cold, anything below 65 degrees F. Last spring when I got it I had nothing but trouble, fixed the following and it ran perfect all summer until it ...
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Motorcycle dies while riding in cold

I have a 2008 Suzuki Intruder (VL250) that is really struggling to run in the cold weather. It stalls and dies, loses power while riding, and dies while waiting at the lights. When I warm it up, even ...
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'96 Saab starts, stalls

My poor Saab 900 is having touble getting going. I was away for about a month, and got the oil changed before I left. When I came back, I drove the car to my grandmother's and back, about 15 minutes ...
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Clutch sticking, wait until engine's warm

I drive a 96 Honda Del sol it's got about 200k on the engine. So lately my clutch hasn't been going into first or neutral when I try to start it. There is often very little resistance in the clutch at ...
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Cranks, but slow to catch. Dies after starting

Recently my 2007 Mazda6 (2.3L I4) has been taking longer and longer to start in temperatures colder than about 5 F (-15 C). The car usually sits overnight for about 12 hours after I get home from work;...
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Hero passion pro India Bike is only get started on choke

i am having hero passion pro new model in the morning when i start my bike with kick i have on the choke the bike started without no hesitation but when i pull of the choke after 15 seconds and ...
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Lack of power when cold under load

EDIT 8: Final update, I think. Using an OBD scan tool, I saw that the fuel trims were still very low to adjust for the vacuum leak. I reset the ECU and the trims went back to around 0, and the engine ...
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2002 Mazda B3000 (Ford Ranger) Not Turning Over, Flickering Lights

Two days ago I noticed that my car was having trouble turning over. When I would attempt to start the car, the lights would flicker on the dash and I would hear the car trying to rev but never ...
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Toyota Highlander 2015 rattle sound at (cold) start

I just noticed a rattle/humming sound when starting my 2015 Toyota Highlander. It happened 3 times, all in the last week or so. It could be cold-related (around freezing temps). It sounds like some ...
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Hard cold starts only

98 Jeep Cherokee (XJ), I6, 173k mi When trying to turn the cold engine over, I have to crank things for at least 3-5 seconds. In some cases it will not start on the first try. After starting it runs a ...
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1989 s10 Blazer Cold Start issues

I have a 1989 S10 Blazer. The temperature here in Calgary drops to -30c during winter. It started up fine during the first week of this awful weather, but now it seems to struggle quite a bit. So I ...
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Starting my Honda Accord in Michigan winter?

I bought a Honda Accord LX 2010 model, and I live in Detroit where -10C temperature is an everyday thing. I was advised by my friend to start the engine and let the rpm drop down a bit after which I ...
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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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Stumbling when starting after garaged

I started parking my 98 Honda Civic Ex in the garage and not driving anywhere from 1-3 days. I've noticed when starting it stumbles and feels like a very slight misfire for about 5-10 seconds then ...
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2004 ford taurus - screeching sound when attempting to start the car

To start, I know nothing about cars aside from how to drive them. I have a pre owned 2004 ford taurus with 60000 miles. Recently, it has been making a screeching noise when I turn the key to start the ...
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Automatic - Cold engine uses tons of gas to move

so I recently purchased a Volkswagen Golf MK4, 2002, Automatic. 1.6 SR running on Gasoline and LPG. When I start the car in the morning (Usually 2-7 Celcius outside),starting it with Gasoline ...
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What happens when you start a car?

Like what happens when you first turn the key and start it up? If it makes a difference I'm talking about a L4 engine. What's the play by play. How do the pistons, valves and crankshaft get moving?
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2003 Toyota Avalon hard to start in cold weather

It is very hard to start when it is cold. Below 50 degrees. What could it be? This is a 2003 Toyota Avalon XL. Like it is laboring making all sorts of rattling noise. Yesterday when it was about 49 ...
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Car not starting easily in the cold?

I drive a 97 Subaru Legacy. The engine was resealed with mostly new parts within the last 6 months. The oil was changed recently. The battery is 2 years old. Normally I get NO TROUBLE, ever, ...
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Battery at 12V but car still not starting

My car is not starting up. I have checked the following, what else could I check? Measured the Battery Voltage and it is at 12V Tried to jump start the car from another car and also a battery jump ...
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Mazda 626 Won't Start

My 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L won't start. About a week ago I was playing with the air adjust screw ( taking it from full open to almost closed ) and it wouldn't start after that, so I assumed that was the ...
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Car won't start in the cold

everyone! I've googled about this issue, but couldn't find much info. I hope that someone could help. I have cold start issue below -10C(14F). If it just -10C it harder to star, but if temperature ...
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Cold start issues with EFI : have to start twice

I have a Galant 2003 with a 2.0l 4G63 engine. Since I refueled my car, issues started to arise. First the car gave sudden knock and the engine check light turned on. From then onward, the car's ...
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Car stalling only once in the morning

I have a Ford Focus mk1 1.8 tdci 100HP from 2004. The car functions perfectly, but starting one or two weeks ago the car started to stall ONCE in the morning (cold start in the summer). I crank the ...
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Focus 2003 1.8 TDCI starts, but struggles to start in the morning

I have a question, well two. Basically I have bought 2003 Focus TDCI but it is struggling to start in the morning? It's not exactly cold, so I don't understand why it would struggle. It has been about ...
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Car won't start after driving

This is a Ford Explorer Sport 2001 4L V6 with about 90k miles. I've started to get this problem as of late. Once in a while, the engine simply refuses to start after the car has been run for some ...
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What are the cold cranking amps required to start Jaguar S type 3l petrol engine

I'm trying to find the typical* cold cranking amps required to start a Jaguar S-type 3 litre v6 petrol engine (UK) so that I can be more informed when I research batteries, boosters, chargers etc. I'...
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Mitsubishi Colt splutters in when engine is cold

I have a 3-door Mitsubishi Colt '99 model hatchback. Just a couple of questions I'd like to ask.. First of all when I leave my car parked up for the night and then I go to drive it in the morning it ...
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BMW M41 cold start problems

I have sometimes this problem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvpjEdGH8-A The engine coughs for a long time before starting ... I don't understand why, because, sometimes, with the same cold ...
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2003 Opel Agila is making a funny ticking noise on starting

My 2003 Opel Agila 1.2 is making a very loud ticking noise when I start it up, and it doesn't sound right. It only ticks when idling and when I rev it, the ticking noise goes away. The car runs ...
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What is causing my diesel car to struggle to start in cold (below 0°C) temperatures?

We have two Diesel cars. Both have issues on starting after cold nights. This week we had about -10° to -16° C at 6.30 am, so in the night it was probably even colder. I am not able to start the cars, ...
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Is this diagnostic correct?

I know diagnostics can be prone to failure, but I want to know if this failure is correctly diagnosed, not if the diagnosis is in fact correct. Earlier my starter motor emitted a higher pitched noise ...
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Car always takes several attempts to start, what's the problem?

Recently (since the beginning of the winter), my car has been taking several attempts to start every time I use it. Several factors about the car have changed, so it's hard for me to tell what's ...
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Very difficult cold starting

My 1992 Toyota corolla Asian model naturally aspirated 1.3 liter engine car won't start until 5th crank. Between every 3 second crank I will have to give 8 second rest. At 5th crank the engine starts ...
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Is it bad alternator or starter? Camry ‘05 173k miles..

I started my car after two days of cold weather, around 20 F. After heating my engine for about 15 minuets I turned ignition off. After that it does not start, it start to crank but dies off well ...