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Problem hard starting Olds 1999 Intrigue 3.8L engine

My wife's 1999 Olds is hard to start. We have had the starter checked but it is ok. The cars usually takes two try's to start, but sometimes it will start on the first try. Once the car is started it runs great. What should I do?
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Bill

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  • goldhouse3 Dec 19, 2008

    Thanks dgjtex,

    The problem started a while ago about the same time that we had the fuel pump regulator go. The car would start, but the car would race and then almost die. That problem is gone now that we had the fuel regulator replaced. The car has about 109k miles. We had a tune up by the dealer at 889k miles and the EGR and PCV valves were also replaced. The car is driven daily, mustly short trips of 10-20 miles, but we also drive it during the summer on vacations. Like I said, once the car is started it runs great - no hestation just a lot of get up and go. Also, I just recently replaced the ignition switch with a rebuilt one, but that was after this problem started. It did improve the starting, the car would start the first time, but that only lasted a short time and then the problem came back.

    thanks for your assistance,

    Bill

  • goldhouse3 Dec 19, 2008

    Yes, the car turns over, but it just does not start

    thanks

    Bill.

  • goldhouse3 Dec 19, 2008

    Also, all of the dash light come on, just like usually when the car does start.

  • goldhouse3 Dec 19, 2008

    One more fact that my wife just told me is that when she starts the car first time in the morning, it usually starts the first time. But then after that, it usually starts only on the second time.

    thank for your help

    Bill

  • goldhouse3 Dec 19, 2008

    Hi dgjtex,

    I have no fault codes nor check engine light comes on. I have never replace any of these parts. Yes, I have 3 coils.

    How do I determine which of these parts are causing my problem?

    thanks for your help

    Bill

  • lonephoenix0 May 02, 2009

    i have the same problem...did u figure out whats wrong..if yes email me at lonephoenix05@aol.com pleace thank u

  • lonephoenix0 May 02, 2009

    i have the same problem...did you figure out what was wrong if yes email me at lonephoenix05@aol.com ... pleace thank u

  • RJMargeson May 04, 2009

    I have found taht after the 1st start of the day it will require 3 seconds of cranking before it fires. One service guy told me it may be the doom gasket which could let antifreeze into cylinders after shutting off causing next start up with wrong mix.

  • David Johnson
    David Johnson May 11, 2010

    I am thinking maybe you have a coil breaking down when it gets warm, If I remember right you have three coils on your car. It could also be the cam or crankcase sensor. Let me know when you can. You have no codes? or check engine light?

  • David Johnson
    David Johnson May 11, 2010

    Bill, when it doesn't start, can you tell me what exactly the car is doing when your cranking it, is it turning over but just not starting?

  • David Johnson
    David Johnson May 11, 2010

    Bill, I think I can help you, I am familiar with these engines. Just could use more info? When did the problem start? did it get progressively worse? Does it seem light a fuel or electrical problem? Is the car driven long distances most the time or short trips? When was the last time it had a real tune up? How many miles does it have on it total? and since tune up?

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It might be the fly wheel

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Start good,but after it warm up it die out and wont start for 20 min. or so,i had a engine timer or point as in the old day lol,now it doing the same thing all over again, in like 6 month at a $166. OUCH.i'm in NH,so it cold up here and it still do it,but not all the time.pasers54@yahoo.com phone 205 2947035 ty

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  • onemanstrash Nov 22, 2013

    The car probably has a bad fuel pressure regulator or fault coolant temp sensor. Have a mechanic perform a fuel pressure test and check the resistance of the engine coolant temperature ( the one that the engine computer uses to determine injected fuel quantity)

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