Starter issues

Phil Rose pjrose at
Mon Apr 28 19:06:02 PDT 2008

So, PyRo...that sounds like what you have is actually "starting" 
issues and not necessarily any problem with the "starter", for you 
claim it does in fact crank the engine. The problem could be due to 
the fuel delivery system (pump, regulator, check valve, etc....). If 
the fuel line loses pressure (due to a leaky check valve, for 
example) soon after the engine is shut down, it tends to have 
difficulty re-starting when the engine is still warm---typically seen 
about 30 minutes to an hour after shutting down (but does start OK 
when engine is cold---after sitting overnight). Of course check to 
make sure you're getting a spark from ignition...if that's good, then 
suspect a bad fuel pump , check valve or perhaps injector(s) leaking. 
The check-valve failure is most common.


At 3:19 PM -0700 4/28/08, PyRo wrote:
>i would turn the key to start the car and the car
>would crank and not start. i would repeat the above
>step about 4 more times and sometimes on the 4th try,
>it would start. sometimes on the 3rd try it would go
>to start but then conk out. After that it would start
>right up. was that better?ill check the knowledge base
>though, thanks.
>--- Brett Dikeman <brett at> wrote:
>>  On Apr 26, 2008, at 5:20 PM, PyRo wrote:
>>  > hey whats up all. I replaced my starter about 3
>>  months
>>  > ago. Prior to this, the car would start up fine in
>>  the
>>  > morning, however, any other time i would have to
>>  turn
>>  > the key about 3 to 4 times before it started up.
>>  After
>>  > i replaced the starter, it was like i was driving
>>  a
>>  > new car. As soon as i turned the key, it started
>>  right
>>  > up. About a month ago it went back to the way it
>>  used
>>  > to be. Is my car possessed?
>>  Your description of " i would have to turn the key
>>  about 3 to 4 times 
>>  before it started up" is far too vague for
>>  diagnosis.
>>  See:
>>  Brett
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