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Wondering if there's an issue...

When tuned, my old Volvo 164e - - turn the key it would would fire up immediately, even after sitting for days without having been run.

My SAAB - in the mornings, it'll crank 8, 10, 12 times before firing up. When warm, it'll crank 4 or 6 times. It runs fine, and aside from this possibly being hard on the starter, is there an issue?

Is this normal? Been this way since I purchased it... But when people get in my car for the first time, invariably their reaction is "I didn't think your car was going to start," because it cranks so many times before firing up...
 

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Mine, when cold, cranks maybe 4-6 times before it catches. When warm, maybe 2-4 times. I think I read on here at some point that making sure your throttle plate shuts well and your throttle body is clean matters to how long it takes to fire the car up. I could be dreaming, though.
 

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dljpdx said:
My SAAB - in the mornings, it'll crank 8, 10, 12 times before firing up. When warm, it'll crank 4 or 6 times. It runs fine, and aside from this possibly being hard on the starter, is there an issue?

Is this normal? Been this way since I purchased it... But when people get in my car for the first time, invariably their reaction is "I didn't think your car was going to start," because it cranks so many times before firing up...
this is not normal u live in portland because; 'cold' i assume would be around -1 or 30f becuase up here in vancouver it goes ito the -10c in winter a few times ect. my current saab up in the bc interior mountains up at big white where is was like -20c started from dead cold in 3 cranks (had to use a natural body source to release the e-brake tho:cheesy: ). mornings now about 10c
takes 3 cranks, and when warm 3 cranks. i still think 3 is too many:eek: my old 84' 8v used to start on cold morning in half a crank, 3 when warm (odd).


(edit) also a bad fuel prepump can cause your condition
 

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That definately isn't normal. My car starts almost imediately from hot or cold. I even stopped driving it for about 8 months, and left the tank almost dry. When I hooked some jump leads up it still fired after about 2 cranks!!
 

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Fuel check valve...pressure line

just did mine over with a used one...went from 10ish cranks down to 3 or so...HUGE improvement...so far anyway!
 

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Having owned one of each, I found that the 5-speed would fire after less than 1 full crank revolution, but the automatic takes an average of 5.

My guess is that this is due to the extra drag of the fluid-filled torque converter.
 

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That definately isn't normal. My car starts almost imediately from hot or cold. I even stopped driving it for about 8 months, and left the tank almost dry. When I hooked some jump leads up it still fired after about 2 cranks!!
Mine did the same, I left it for around 5 months and through a bad winter, jumped it with a Saturn wagon and started right up in less than 2 cranks!

It shouldn't take that long. I left the keys with my friends father so he could bleed the brakes while I was in attendance of a race, and the car had sat at that point for around 4 weeks without being started, and he said to me he was amazed how it started up so fast he never expected it to start up that quick and how great the car sounded. He said it started quicker than his BMW 635CSi
 

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Mine starts after two or three turns, no matter whether it's hot, cold or if the car is warmed up or not.

For the record, auto transmission.
 

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Firing

My old t8 engine used to fire up on the first crank 90% of the time, new engine takes quite a few to start, where abouts does the Fuel check valve...pressure line sit, is it between the engine - fuel filter or tank - fuel filter? If it's between the tank and fuel filter it won't be that causing the problem as i have'nt changed it.

Is there anything else you can check?
 

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Fires much quicker

Thought i'd update this post, i've rescently put a new rotor arm and distributer cap on and the cars gone from starting after about 30 seconds of cranking to firing up on the 1st or 2nd turn, huge improvement, now i don't sit there hoping and praying the battery is going to hold out:D .

One less problem, just the other dozen or so to sort out now.
 

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it's amazing what a new dizzy cap and rotors will do. replacment of same took me from 4-5 cranks to insta-start.

don't overlook the little stuff.
 
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