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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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Starter solenoid clicking continuously

Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. My car would not start yesterday. When the ignition was turned, all that could be heard was a continuous clicking which then slowed after a while, ...
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Intermittent starting trouble with new battery

I sometimes have problems starting my 2003 Ford Fiesta Diesel. When I turn the key it'll either start normally or just start to kick over then die. If I try again, the same thing happens. My battery ...
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Could less than optimal battery charge prevent starter bendix drive from engaging flywheel?

With a less than optimal 12.2 volts at the battery terminals and the bendix drive at the starter failing to pop and engage the flywheel, would battery charge be a likely cause of such a failure? Or ...
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Won't Start, No Crank, Lights Inside Work, Key Issue, Electric?

Details Chevy Malibu 09 Low on coolant (still visible in the tank so not entirely out) Belts are fine-Never overheated. Timeline One day it didn't start (don't remember it cranking) but then it ...
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Starter problem with 1994 Honda Accord

so, when I turn the key to start position on the Accord (EX) no sound is made. You can push start it, and the battery is fine - lights, horn, everything. But there is absolutely no noise. I'm ...
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Starting a diesel tractor

I have a diesel tractor with a generator. After sitting for a long period the battery was low so I used a portable jumper battery but mistakenly hooked up the cables in reverse. This caused smoke to ...
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My car will not start after being driven fine

I have a 2003 gmc envoy xl it has been running fine..drove it all day. Went home 4 hrs later it will not start.. It acts like it is dead but everything from the lights to the heat works fine..I mean ...
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Car Won't Start After Disconnecting and Reconnecting Ground Cable

I wanted to reset my check engine light to see if a problem I think I fixed resurfaces, so I disconnected my negative lead from the post. When I reconnected the lead the car refused to start. ...
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1994 Toyota Celica - Possibly getting too much fuel and causing a flooding condition

This car was running fine and then one day it wouldn't start. I let it set for a couple days and then it started right up. I drove it around for about 12 miles and then parked it. When I went to start ...
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Chronic ignition problems with 1996 Suburban, replacing distributor cap makes it go away

I'm trying to diagnose an ongoing ignition problem with a 1996 Chevy Suburban. Sometimes it won't start, and the previous owner said this happens regularly, and every time the problem occurred, ...
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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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Can't Start '08 Civic (Diagnosis)

I bought an '08 Honda Civic LX (110k miles). After a few days of flawless driving, I noticed a couple wires NOT connected that were coming from the hood opener-sensor thing. I plugged them together ...
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My 94 Honda Civic..which is a manual..will crank but not start… but it will clutch off

My 94 Honda Civic..which is a 5 speed manual..will crank but not start..It will clutch off and runs and drives well after that. I have to pump the clutch several times before it will even start to ...
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Failure to start in frigid temperatures

RE 2001 Ford Explorer It has a new battery, coil, and wires in place. The truck will not start below -7 F despite strong cranking; in these temperatures, sound of fuel pump priming is muted or absent....
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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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My engine stalled and wont restart - after downshifting - Automatic Trans [closed]

My engine stalled and wont restart - All I did was downshift... 2005 Chrysler Town & Country Limited. V6 - 3.8 Liter EFI. For some history, a couple days ago I noticed a clicking sound - it ...
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How can I move my push-to-start car with the starter?

When I learned to drive, I was told that if ever stuck in a dangerous position (e.g. a train track, middle of a road) when the car won't start, I should place it into gear and hold the starter motor ...
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Does starting and stopping the engine lots over a short period of time in a non start-stop car damage anything? [duplicate]

In my 2003 Opel Agila 1.2, I try to save fuel and stop the engine manually (by turning the key) when in traffic or waiting at traffic lights etc. Sometimes when in traffic I can stop and start my ...
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Engine on BMW G650GS 2011 does not start when it's hot

I have a rather strange problem with my BMW G650GS. In the morning, when the engine is cold, it starts fine with a single crank. There is no problem with riding, the engine works fine and never chokes....
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My car engine stops turning over when starting

Twice now my car engine has stopped cranking mid start. It doesn't seem to be a power problem as the radio, wipers ... all seem to work. The ignition key simply doesn't do anything anymore. In once ...
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Car Clicks While Turning Over

I was at the park driving around, and I decided to stop at a shelter to use the bathroom, I was gone for 1-2 minutes. I came back and my car starts clicking (the clicking was fast, not slow). So, I ...
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Main engine not firing after non-engine-related fixes (replacing fuses and transmission fluid), starter/fan fine

This order of events makes no sense to me, I'm hoping someone here can see some possible link between them that I can't. Car is a 1998 Toyota RAV4 automatic, FWD: I had a car-not-starting problem (...
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Starting Enfield with low/dead battery

My bike has a very low/dead battery and it doesn't start. What I did though was, kick the bike for few minutes and later it started, but when I tried to move the vehicle by putting it in first gear it ...
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Car battery appears good but car won't start

My 2005 Nissan won't start today. Battery is relatively new(about one year old) and I can turn the lights on, front headlights, and it appears fine. However, when I tried to start the car by turning ...
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I dropped my bike and now it won't start

I have a Suzuki GSX600F Katana. Yesterday, I changed the clutch lever on the handlebar and left the key on. I had to push start my bike. After getting it started, I left it in first gear, and let go ...
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Battery voltage slightly low. Especially when the car's been sitting for a while

My car is a 2004 Mazda 3. This happened with the last battery I had as well as this newer one. Basically if I leave the car sitting for 2-3 days without driving it, it doesn't have the voltage to ...
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Grinding sound during cold start?

I have a 2009 Honda Accord with automatic transmission. 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 ...
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2004 Honda Odyssey won't start for a few seconds after key moved to ON position

I have a 2004 Honda Odyssey. Yesterday, it starting having an issue where it would no longer start. The engine would not even crank, but there did not appear to be a battery or battery connection ...
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Lawn mower safety cable issues

I spent all weekend trying to fix why the lawnmower would sometimes not start/stay started. It needed maintenance anyway so I changed the spark plug, changed the oil and even rebuilt all the o-rings ...
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Motorcycle kickstarter locks at certain point

I was hoping to get some help diagnosing a kickstarter issue I'm having, so I can figure out what my next steps should be (if any) on the 1981 Yamaha XS400 I'm attempting to rebuild. When attempting ...
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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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Car won't start - replaced alternator - didn't help

I have a 5-6 years old Mazda 6 2010, 2.5L engine. My car simply won't start. I had this issue yesterday, so I called roadside assistance and they were able to jump start my car. I drove straight to ...
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8th Gen Honda - No Start, No Crank (down the rabbit hole)

This one should be fun for any Honda aficionados out there. I have a 2007 Honda Civic. Some days it does not start or crank; seems related to the temperature. When the car starts, it runs fine and ...
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Diesel engine starting / first start of the day problems

I’m new to the forum, and no mechanic, so please be kind! Vehicle in question is a 1999 T35 Renault Master 2.5 D. It has had first start issues since I’ve owned it, with white smoke (un-burnt fuel ...
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Car turns off due to low RPM, only when starting car

Background: I had my 2003 Infiniti g35 at the mechanic to fix an electrical problem (turns out remote starter wires were rubbing and causing a short) and to fix an oil leak. All in all they changed ...
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2008 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCI cranks but won´t start

Ok, so I´m having this problem with a 2008 Ford Mondeo mk4 with a 2.0 TDci engine code AZBA, same one Peugeot uses in other cars such as the 407. Car was having trouble a few days back to start ...
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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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Mercedes E-350, 2006 sedan ignition problem

I own a Mercedes e-350 2006 sedan whose ignition box was vandalized and taken away by vandals. I could not start this car since then and I thought of buying a used ignition box to use on the car with ...
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Rhythmic “soft screeching” noise for a minute after cold starts on cold days … sometimes

2004 Infiniti G35, 155k KMs (~97k miles), totally stock. Intermittently, after cold starts on cold mornings, I hear a "soft metal screeching" oscillating roughly twice a second. The sound disappears ...
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Hesitant starting when engine is warm - possible vapor lock?

I have a Ford Focus MKII (British market) with the 1.8 Duratec Engine that is very hesitant starting when warm. The starter cranks powerfully but the car will only come to life when pumping the ...
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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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Jeep stalls after about 10-15 minutes driving or idling

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited This just started yesterday. Instance#1: After about 10-15 of driving (note: It had been about 12 hrs since it was last used) I was waiting at a traffic light when ...
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Why won't my 1992 Pontiac Sunbird run without starting fluid?

I have a 1992 Pontiac Sunbird with a 3.1, automatic. I have replaced the motor, timing chain, trans pan and gasket, drained all gas and refilled with new gas, new plugs and wires, new coil packs, base ...
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Engine cranks but won't start

I finished assembling my old Skoda Estelle engine, fully tighten, valves calibrated, etc. It turns, a bit "tight" i.e, not "loose" like before but it may be because I put new rings and different ...
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Honda Accord 1.8 Sport VTEC will not always fire and start

A week ago, went to start the car and it cranked over fine with battery but would not start. A few days later, after charging up the battery, I tried again and it would not fire. Called AA and he ...
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Intermittent starting problem

1967 Camaro SS 350 with Powerglide transmission. Sometimes it will not start. No click, no dimming of lights when key is turned, nothing happens. It will do this maybe one time out of 15 or 20 ...
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2001 Chevrolet Silverado Ignition

I drive a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado and I went out to start it so I could go to work this morning and it sounds like it's not getting any spark. it turns over and the solenoid turns on so its not the ...
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Cranks, but No Spark and Can't Connect to the ECU

It just never ends. 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L. It cranks great, but there's no spark at any of the plugs and I can't connect to the ECU. Coil pack is new, I've driven it maybe five times since I replaced ...
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How to setup the car so that while driving I do not have mist glass?

I have a second hand car with an old slider to switch from left to right, with the same icons 1, 2 as in the picture below. But I do not understand it well. Often when I am driving, my car windows ...
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Car won't start…alternator or starter?

My car will not start. A month ago it wouldn't start. At that time it was still cranking (weakly) but not starting. I bought a new battery and installed it. It still wouldn't start until I jumped ...

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