SINGLE MOM CAR WONT START!!!I DON"T HAVE TIME 4 THIS!!!!
My car has been ok thez past few cold nights but today in Akron it's about -4 degrees and i have to go to work!I went to start my car at 7:30 this morning and it cranked like it wanted to start but it wont turn over and start!It seems to be outta gas but its about a quater tank in there so im not on "E" yet. I had someone jump it but it did not work.My radio and lights come on fine it just wont start.PLEASE HELP!!!I hate not knowing whats wrong and not having family in the area to come see besides that it is too cold to expect anyone to come see whats wrong anyways.
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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
A possible fuel pump pressure issue. You will need to have a garage check the fuel line pressure. The engine requires more fuel on cold start and a failing pump may not be able to cope with supply. This may also be apparent at high revs, but not as apparent as cold start.
You may have a faulty ingition. Otherwise you have the very common GM anti-theft system. If you have a flashing anti-theft light with key in igniton, then this is what you should do:
Put key in ignition, turn to ON position (Do NOT Start) Leave in on position for EXACTLY 10 Minutes Then while watching the anti-theft light, as SOON as the light turns off after 10 minutes, START CAR IMMEDIATELY after light turns off.
I found the connectoers to the headlights to be un weather proofed. I went to auto zone or advance auto to buy replacement connectoers, The replacement I bought had 3 wires, Black, Red, Green, and they have a rubber protective boot so as not to fail again. Turn off the car and disconnect your battery.
1. Pull the plug on the headlight
2. cut the wires
3. Black to black, blue w/red stripe to green, and blue to Red. I would use **** connecters with a heat shrink, or just tape really good with black electrical tape.
4. plug new connector in to headlight and test. Should be ok now.
does vehicle turn over ???,put battery on a trickle charge .Now you say it fires but will not run?? forget oil leak and thick oil this isnt the cause of it not starting.if it fires up but will not run then its more likely a fuel pump fault ,but thinking about it does this car have a factory immobiliser ,if it does then open and lock the door three times slowly then try starting the car within 15 secs of final unlocking of the door.
OK, so starting the engine uses a lot of battery power, and the engine needs to be left running a while to recharge the battery.
When it is cold batterys don't hold as much charge (not quite the correct technical term, but I don't want to go into battery mechanics and chemistry here). You either need to pop it on a trickle charger or let it run for at least 15 minutes.