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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-17-05, 10:01 PM
adam
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Hard starting

I'm a youngin, just started driving and just recently got into cars so
if anyone can help me out it would be greatly appreciated

I have a 98 V6 3.8L 120kmi- basically everything is stock(hard enough
to pay for the car :-P) but anyways since I've been driving it, I've
noticed it takes a few seconds for the engine to turn over. The
alternator/starter/battery are fine (free test down the street from my
worK) and I just had it into the mechanic for an oil change and to
check the brakes. I told them about the starting problem and they told
me there was none. This is definitely not natural though, it takes
anywhere from 3-4+ seconds to start up no matter what the temperature
is, BUT it does seem to start a little faster if the car was recently
running. Any ideas?



 
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-17-05, 10:01 PM
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Re: Hard starting

"adam" <adam7261@gmail.com> wrote in news:1127012291.885537.251530
@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com:

> I'm a youngin, just started driving and just recently got into cars so
> if anyone can help me out it would be greatly appreciated
>
> I have a 98 V6 3.8L 120kmi- basically everything is stock(hard enough
> to pay for the car :-P) but anyways since I've been driving it, I've
> noticed it takes a few seconds for the engine to turn over. The
> alternator/starter/battery are fine (free test down the street from my
> worK) and I just had it into the mechanic for an oil change and to
> check the brakes. I told them about the starting problem and they told
> me there was none. This is definitely not natural though, it takes
> anywhere from 3-4+ seconds to start up no matter what the temperature
> is, BUT it does seem to start a little faster if the car was recently
> running. Any ideas?
>
>

You dont say otherwise so I will assume the car runs normally in all other
aspects. If it DOESNT, say so now. Also assume it has always done this.


Each time you start it cold, try ONE of the following, in order:

1. switch key on and off twice.. in case your system loses pressure

2. pump gas pedal 2 or three times while cranking.. sends more gas

3. hold pedal to floor while cranking... sends less gas

PS - the term "turn over" is misleading, some interpret it a turning while
cranking, others as cyls firing while cranking

So "Crank" and "Fire" are better terms
 
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-18-05, 12:01 AM
adam
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Re: Hard starting

thanx for the warm reply..man i love the internet...i will def try them
first thing in the morning...so cranking is before the engine actually
"starts" and firing is when the engine starts after cranking?

if anything of these things help do thye mean anythign bad for my car
(especially your number 1 suggestion about pressure)

 
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-18-05, 10:01 AM
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Re: Hard starting

Adam, Try some fuel injector cleaner and think about replacing the
fuel filter...sounds like low pressure after sitting overnight.

bradtx

 
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