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2005 xA won't start

Its cold and my Scion won't start. I live in Florida and for the first time in a long time it has gotten below 40 degrees here and this morning my Scion wouldn't start. It was turning a little bit but wouldn't start...now after 20 minutes it finally started but is idling shaky and the exhaust stinks. Yesterday morning it was about 46 degrees outside and it started a little shaky too...any ideas why???

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There's a possibility that the battery is run down. If it's the original battery, chances are you need to replace it. I'd have the alternator checked as well, however the most likely problem is a worn out battery. It's not uncommon for batteries that have been maintaining their charge through the warmer months to go bad once a cold weather comes through. As for the stinky exhaust, in your attempts to start the engine with a run down battery, the engine probably loaded up with fuel, thereby causing it to run rough and stink till excess fuel was expelled from the cylinders. Hope this helps.

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I believe it's emission system (fuel filter, injectors) or ignition (spark plugs). First I would check the spark plugs and wiring set. If its a battery problem car will be dead complitely (no lights the starter runs very slow) you cannot activate it. The emission system problem might be caused by water deposition (cold weather) on spark plugs or injectrors. The stinky exhaust though can be sign of alternator problem, you can chek the alternator for free in AutoZOne store. Best regards

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