Re: Hard starting '01 S60
"Randy G." <frcn@DESPAMMOcncnet.com> wrote in message
> "Lloyd Wells" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>"glull" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>>> On Sat, 8 Oct 2005 17:31:44 -0400, "Lloyd Wells"
>>> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>>My '01 S60 (51K miles) has a curious hard start problem. If the engine
>>>>cold (as in overnight cold) or left for less than about 5 min, it'll
>>>>right up. If left for more than about 5 min up to all day, it takes 5
>>>>sec of cranking to get it to fire - sometimes longer but I'll shut it
>>>>and retry if goes too long. Once started, it runs fine and it's not
>>>>throwing any codes. The car is maintained by the book so the plugs (my
>>>>first thought) are fairly new.
>>>>Any pointers about where to start would be appreciated.
>>> Sounds like a starter motor issue if you want my two cents. Can't
>>> really explain the whole cold start works, semi-cold start doesn't
>>> scenario, but could be related to moisture in the distributor as well.
>>> Did the problem start shortly after the plugs were replaced? I'd look
>>> at them and make sure there's not condensate getting in some where.
>>Thanks for the reply but I doubt there's an issue w/ the starter. It
>>some time after the plugs were replaced and I'm not sure about the
>>condensation idea as it's been going on all summer in hot, old Wash. D.C.
>>it wasn't favorable to condensation.
> Try this: When you think it is going to be a hard start, turn the key
> to PII and wait about three seconds. Turn to PI, then back to PII for
> three second then turn to PIII to start. This will "boost' the fuel
> pressure in the system. If that is the cure, then there is a problem
> with the fuel system not holding pressure.
> Hey.. it's a start. ;-) Myabe not!
I, too, thought it might be the fuel pump check valve so I tried that little
trick to no avail. This was the prime culprit except it starts OK when
Thank you anyway.