Car getting power, but won't turn over usually when it's cold out
This is the second time this has happened. Suddenly, when it's very cold out, and I haven't started the car for a couple of days, it doesn't ever turn over.
The last time this happened, I tried adding some dry gas. It did not work immed, but the next day my car started and was fine for a long time. Well...it happened again a few days ago...I have 1/2 tank of gas in the car (It's a 1998 4 cyl 2.0 btw), and I put half the bottle of the dry gas in. 2 days have gone by now, and it still won't turn over. Any suggestions???
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If everything is okay before and after each icidence I would suspect a fuel supply problem. Are filter and pipes all clear of detritus? Does it happen in corners, whilst accelerating or decelerating? Does it happen whilst cruising? When engine is hot or cold. Which engine do you have. Please add detail and resubmit the query
I don't think you're supposed to do a cold start. That just means you have a huge compressor. My Honda Element HATES it when I have the A/C on. It's like the A/C drains almost all of the power out of the car.
That sounds like a battery issue. Batteries have whats called CCA (cold cranking amps) it is the main thing to pay attention to. This is a measure of how much current the battery can provide at 0 deg F. Batteries work better when they are warm, so the colder it gets, the less current it can provide.
Starting an engine requires a lot of current, over a very short time. Meanwhile, cold engines are harder to start, requiring more power to get them going. So look at your battery and its CCA and since u said u bought the car a few years ago. You probably didnt replace the battery yet have u? Batteries usually have a life of 4-6 yrs only. Hope this helped
One reason GM vehicles dont start, especially when the weather changes isdue tofaulty antitheft systems. Next time this happens, look for a light on the dash that says secury or antitheft. Picture might look like a car with a padlock thru the window, If you see any of these lights, that will explain why it doesnt start. This link explains.
Ah, you give many very good clues, all of which point to a problem with the fuel pump. The cold/wet scenario - moisture getting into the contacts, possibly on/in the starter or fuel pump, but the low fuel scenario points to the fuel pump. The fuel pump must work a little harder to pump fuel when the level is low - it works harder to pressurize the fuel rail, and harder to supply fuel for starting. A fuel pump that's starting to think about failing will struggle under these conditions.
This is a classic sign of a bad starter. When a starter is on its way out, it will usually start when cold. Once it heats up after a short trip or 2, it takes more and more power to get the starter to turn. If the truck will start with a jump when warm, you've confirmed that you have a bad starter.
try this...put key in drivers door and turn to lock car,hold over for 30 seconds then release to neutral position.then press and hold remote unlock button down for 30 seconds.then lock with remote as usual.
this is the reset mode for the central locking.
the dinging noise normally indicates that an interior light is on or that you have left the indicators/turn swich to on.when you do, either left or right side parking lights come on (wiring on car is universally used)