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My 98transport vanwont start the starter has a hard time turning the motor

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Have the starter bench tested and and check tooth on fly wheel before re-install

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Why 4dr5 engine is hard start


hi Josel.
Everything from the electrical system to the fuel system to the actual starter itself can be the problem. Finding the root cause of a hard starting engine can take some investigation. Ignoring a hard starting issue can further damage the vehicle, which will often result in a more expensive repair.

Car is hard to start Inspection Service A car that is hard to start can be a major inconvenience. While this is usually not a life threatening malfunction, it can make getting around much more difficult. There are a number of issues that will make a car hard to start. Everything from the electrical system to the fuel system to the actual starter itself can be the problem.
Finding the root cause of a hard starting engine can take some investigation. Ignoring a hard starting issue can further damage the vehicle, which will often result in a more expensive repair.
How this system works: In order to get an engine running, it must be turned at speed so that it starts to suck fuel and air into the cylinders, and then compress and ignite this fuel/air mixture.
The starter motor is an electric motor that turns the engine to get it started. The starter motor has a small pinion gear wheel that engages with a larger gear ring at the rim of the engine flywheel.
The starter motor draws the electric current it needs to run from the battery. The starter needs a heavy current and to avoid sparking a solenoid is used. The ignition switch operates the starter motor. When the ignition is turned on, current is fed to the solenoid and into the starter motor. Once the car engine starts and the key is released, the starter motor turns off.
Common reasons for this to happen:
  • Bad Starter: Over time starter motors can wear out and start to malfunction. If this is the problem the starter will have to be replaced. If the car turns over, the problem is not the starter. If nothing happens when the key is turned the problem could be the starter, or if the car turns over very slowly and the dash lights dim while it is cranking, the starter could be the culprit.
  • Bad Relay Wiring: The wiring between the battery and starter can become loose or broken which will prevent the starter motor from functioning. The wiring will need to be replaced or repaired.
  • Low or Dead Battery: The starter motor needs voltage from the battery to operate. If the battery is low or failing it may not produce enough current for the starter motor to function. Charging or replacing the batter should resolve this problem.
It is also possible that the battery terminals have become corroded or loose. Cleaning and tightening the terminals and cables is recommended.
  • Failing Solenoid: A failing solenoid is a common issue with the starter system and if the solenoid is going bad, the car will be difficult to start. The starter will need to be inspected to determine if the problem is the starter motor itself or the solenoid. A failing solenoid will need to be replaced.
  • Failing Ignition Switch: Over time an ignition switch can start to fail and one of the most common symptoms is that the car is hard to start. If the ignition switch is hot to the touch this indicates an issue with the ignition switch wiring. A failing ignition switch will eventually stop working completely and will need to be replaced.
  • Defective Fuel Pump: If the engine is not getting enough fuel, it will be hard, if not impossible to start. The fuel pump is responsible for pulling gas from the tank to the injectors and if it is not delivering enough fuel the car will be difficult to start and eventually will not start at all.
  • Fouled Plugs: Spark plugs create the spark which allows the vehicle to burn fuel. Fouled plugs are one of the most common reasons for a hard starting engine. As electrodes wear down, the voltage required to jump the gap to ignite the fuel increases. This can lead to prolonged cranking before the engine will start.
  • Clogged Fuel Filter: A fuel filter that is clogged can make a vehicle very difficult to start. The fuel filter screens out contaminants and can become clogged over time. This will prevent the injectors from getting enough fuel, making the car hard to start.
  • Contaminated Fuel: Fuel that has too much alcohol or water in it will result in a car that is difficult and often impossible to start. Even if it does start, contaminated fuel can do serious damage to the engine. If contaminated fuel is suspected, have the vehicle inspected immediately.
What to expect: A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine the source and cause of the hard to start issue, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.
How it's done: The starter, battery, connecting wiring and other important components will be inspected by the mechanic. This may include the vehicle's fuel pump, fuel filter, spark plugs, ignition and more. It may be necessary for the mechanic to crank up the car to verify the problem and issue an accurate diagnosis.
How important is this service? If a car is hard to start, it's indicative of a major condition preventing normal operation and if left unattended it may lead to the car not starting at all. The vehicle should be inspected and repaired as soon as possible.

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2005 jaguar VDP 4.0L. Very hard start. Have replaced map and crank sensor, egr valve and intake.


in what way is it hard to start does the engine turn over fast or slow, fast is low compression in the piston chambers slow can be the battery or the starter motor wearing out. ( starter motor has bushes to turn the motor these wear out and cannot turn the engine over fast enough to start.

Aug 10, 2017 | Jaguar Cars & Trucks

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Car won't start or has a hard time turning over in the morning


1. Have your battery checked - Load Test
2. Check cable connections at Battery and at Starter solenoid, must be clean and tight.
3. Have the starter motor checked

Aug 21, 2014 | 1999 Cadillac DeVille

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Wont start


try turning the engine over by hand do it without the ignition on. see how hard it is to turn. turn it a few times then try to start with starter motor. if still will not turn check the starter motor is engaging. check wiring and make sure there is a good earth.

Jan 17, 2014 | 2005 Jeep Liberty

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1989 regal backfires when starting


Sounds like the timing is to far advanced.****** the timing until motor turns freely when cranking it over.

Jan 25, 2012 | Buick Cars & Trucks

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Battery is good but when I turn it on it just clicks won't start,maybe after 20 times it starts


Without hearing the sound it makes - it's kind of hard to diagnose.

The engine starting process consists of turning the key to start, the starter motor's rotor moving forward to engage the engine's flywheel, and then the starter motor 's "rotor" spinning until you move the key from "start" to "run". You can hear the starter motor spinning - but one usually can't hear the rotor moving forward to engage the flywheel. As a result, you hear the odd spinning sound - which is the starter rotor spinning. The engine never actually turns over because the rotor never engages the fly wheel. If this is the case, then it is very likely that your starter needs to be checked and / or replaced.

Good luck!

Nov 09, 2011 | 1994 Buick LeSabre

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I have a 95 monte z34. it is hard to start. the starter heats up and the coil pack sometimes smoke. but once it started it runs great but once you turn it off you cant start it back up for hours. someone...


hi, this sounds like INTERNAL SHORT IN THE STARTER MOTOR( the brushes wire contacting the comutator) meaning the BRUSHES are WORN. smell of burning from starter motor. (somtimes the starter motor stays engaged to the flywheel and the starter motor go's supersonic and distroyes itself). but get other advice first. in case i am wrong. DO NOT RELY ON MY ADVICE. gerry

Sep 11, 2010 | 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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At times my j10 engine does not want to start.But with a small push it gets started.please tell me why .


if the battery is good, but nothing happens when you turn the key (perhaps a click..), it is the starter solenoid and/or the starter motor.
The starter solenoid gets stuck and worn-out. It can be rebuilt or replaced.
If this is the problem, once when the engine is not starting, try tapping the engine (or the starter motor if you can identify where it is) with a hammer or something hard.. it might work then -and the problem is definitely the solenoid.

Mar 07, 2009 | 1987 Subaru Justy

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No power to starter


Hi Tonymcder;
Here's what happens in the start sequence when ypi turn the key.

When you turn the key, you should at least hear the starter solenoid click. When you turn the key the ignition switch sends 12 volts to the Starter solenoid ( really just a relay). The Solenoid closes and applies 12 volts (at a high current) to the starter motor to crank the engine. If you have a way to measure voltage, you should get 12 volts at the small terminal on the starter solenoid. The solenoid is mounted on the top of the starter motor.If you get
no voltage, probably an ignition switch If you get 12 volts and the starter doesn't crank the starter is probably defective. At this [point take a small hammer and tap the starter motor, not hard, just medium. Sometimes this will cause the starter motor to catch next time you turn the key. Best bet is to remove the starter motor (with solenoid attached) and take it to an Auto Zone type store where they can check it out for you. Be sure you disconnect the ground terminal of the battery before you attempt to remove the starter motor.
Hope this helps Loringh Thanks for using FixYa

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