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Hello.

Within the last few weeks, I've experienced problems starting the engine, intermittently. Occasionally, the engine will not turn over immediately, but then does start. Although not starting, there is a cranking sound and all the dash lights are on.

I've had the car checked (I'm not a car techie, obviously), and ruled out the battery, starter and alternator, which were all good. My mechanic could not duplicate my problem.

Any suggestions ?

Thanks ... Nina
 

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Does this generally happen the first start of the morning? Or when the car has been settling for a long(er) period of time? (say, 8 hours or more...)

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I'll have to observe. The problem doesn't happen every morning, but it may just happen when the engine is cold.
 

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I think it's safe to say it's gas related issues we're all having. Mine started 3 or so weeks ago, and I'm also in NE.

Only the first start of the day; rest of the time, life is peachy.

Maybe i'll do a little research via oil companies this coming week...

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Happens to some cars when they switch to the summer brew, if it lasts coudl be fuel pump or check valve on the fuel pump
 

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I was thinking the check valve on the fuel pump as well. The pump itself seems to be holding fine, and according to SID data, it's never leaning out (narrowband, but... better than... guessing?) even under lots of boost (unless it just inverted itself).

If it's just the check valve, I'll probably wait until I do a pump (no doubt sometime shortly, anyways)

Any problems with this?
 

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These do sound a bit like failing fuel pumps :confused:
 

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Chris,

How do you explain the issue of it starting *first* crank, consistently, once the 'first start of the day' has been accomplished? I'm not doubting your reasoning, I'm just trying to figure out why a pump would not work for the first start of every day, but then, throughout the day, work absolutely fine *without* single incident, until the first start of the morning again.

In my situation, I have a hunch it's a lot to do with the check valve leaking fuel back to the tank; Now, I just searched eeuroparts for this -- Is the check valve on the feed or the return? Their FEED is labeled check valve; their return is simply labeled 'valve'.

Regardless, something needs to be done...

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Oddly, since I posted to this forum, the problem has not occurred at all. The only other problem that has occurred is that the Check Engine light was on for one day.
 

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Just an update on my end, curious if others are similar:

My issue has all but went away within the past week. Seems like it's sorting itself out ;)

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Well, the problem disappeared for several weeks. Then, one morning the engine wouldn't start on the first few attempts. Later in the afternoon, the engine would not start at all, with a tick-tick-tick sound. I was informed by the road service that the battery was so low that it would be dangerous to try to give a charge. All that strange experience over the last month or so turned out to be a problem battery.
 

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I'll have to observe. The problem doesn't happen every morning, but it may just happen when the engine is cold.

me every morning it doing that but after when the car did run everything ok

i did chang fuel filter did help

but i still taking 3 to 6.7. some rare time 8 sec
 
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