4 steps end your hard starting engine problem. Including electrical, fuel, tune up, and worn engine fixes, tips, products needed.
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I'll show you a simple way to use the expert mechanics steps to determine how to find an end your hard starting engine problem.
Is it a electrical problem?Start with the battery. Do this battery check. Turn your lights and a/c fan on, key on, for 3 minutes - motor not running. A good battery will have enough reserve power left after 3 minutes to spin the motor and starter and start your car nicely - if it does, the battery is good.
If your battery is more than 4 years old, it may not be any good. Most mechanics and parts stores have a device that can check a discharged battery and tell if its good or not. It may just need a charge - they can provide it, for you.
Jumper cables from a good battery to yours can start your car, even if your battery is no good. This will get you to a store for a new battery - but keep the motor running until you get to the store, as the battery may not start your motor again.
Started check. The started is a powerful little motor. After 100,000 miles enough dirt and wear on its contacts will cause several no-start problems. It chatters trying to start, and you know the battery is good. The Key is in the cranking start position, but you hear nothing or a growl or a click. Or the motor spins with difficulty indicating the started is lazy or tired. All a sign the started needs replacement.
Alternator check. Once cranking to start the motor ends and the motor starts up, the alternator will put out extra voltage for a minute or two - if its good.
By noticing if the dash and headlights go brighter for a minute and then dim slightly - if so - the alternator is OK.
If the battery goes dead overnight but is good all day long its Diode problems. - These are 6 one way switches inside the alternator. When bad diodes can drain the battery of all its current - causing your dead battery. Replace alternator if bad. The same testing device that checks battery can also check the alternator to see if the diodes or another part in it is bad.
Ignition Problem? Cranks OK, runs rough: Check ignition coil, spark plug wires, and sparks. After 5 years and 100,000 miles, these need replacement if found to be at fault. A good coil will produce a blueish/orange - not orange, spark and jump an inch, when holding a spark plug wire an inch away from motor metal - and produce a spark spark spark spark, during motor cranking if good. Replace above parts if not.
Got gas? Can the motor get fuel? Spray a flammable carburetor spray into the manifold air intake for 3 seconds, then try to start the car. If it starts and then dies, you have a gas pressure check valve, or and a dirty fuel filter problem.
Some of these conditions will trigger a dash lite and a code to tell the problem area for you or the mechanic.
Those are the 3 steps to check for the source of your hard starting engine problem.
Using additives to help older and worn motors for faster, easier starting and running improvement. Tips and products needed. What works. What don't!
Additives to help older motors
To end compression loss - blow-by power loss, and related wear and friction hard starting, and poorly running problems caused by residues, wear, friction, sticking valves, and lifters, and high mileage.
Try the links for the problems listed
- Residue, sticking, tapping problem
- Fuel, tune up problem
- Worn engine fixes
- Oil consumption
- Transmission problem solver
- Power Steering Fix
- Air Conditioner Tune up Help
- Hard starting engine Home page with index
- How to end Friction Caused starting problems
The above links will explain how your problem started, and how the products recommended to fix your hard starting engine problem. Ordering info on those pages.
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