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Car starts hard and runs rough in cold weather, undrivable

Around 40 degrees or colder weather the car hardly starts, and it runs real rough if it does start. It runs real good in warmer weather, Had the head redone put new spark plugs, wires, timing belt and had it timed and no difference. It has 150,000 miles the battery is also new.

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  • zeccd Jan 20, 2009

    Hey guys it is running now took me awhile to get back to work on it. I thought I had the correct spark plugs in it needless to say I didn't, I put new plugs in and messed with the idle control motor and so far so good it starts up even when it is below 10 degrees.

    Thanks guys
    Clay


  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Another thought: Pull the distributor cap off, and inspect the coil for burn marks or cracks. Replace the coil if you see any burns or cracks. Let me know if this helps.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    What kind of plugs are installed?

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    engine is very hard starting in cold weather after running smoothes out and run fine 1998 saturn s series

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    starter was checked and not bad even though it seemed like it had a dead spot. Put it back in and now the car is running real rough

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    my car is now pulling hard and moving slower. Now my battery light has come on

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The correct spark plugs are very important. Glad to hear you got it fixed good.

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There is a much richer fuel mixture during a cold start, the colder the engine the richer the fuel mixture
retarded ignition timing causing the fuel to burn for a longer period of time makes the engine heat up faster
anything that doesn't allow the mixture to be properly metered, like vacuum leaks, bad temperature sensors, or O2 sensors, MAF or MAP sensors, bad EGR valves or PCV valves hoses or tubes,
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anything that will cause the fuel mixture not to burn properly, like worn spark plugs, or any other ignition part, wires, cap, rotor, timing, compression, will cause poor start or no start conditions that are worse in lower temperatures,
also low voltage, week battery, slow cranking of the engine can also cause hard to start conditions

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A few thigs to look at coolant temp sensor and the idle control motor under the throtle body... the IAC motor when bad you will have to keep giving car gas till it gets wormed up very comm. prob whith your car i have changed at least 15 of them on cust. cars hope this helps

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