The car requires 2 to 3 crank attempts to start. I usually start with just a crank to the car. On the second crank, I have taken to pressing the pedal 1/2 way down for a single pump. If a 3rd attemp is required, I simply crank without any push on the gas pedal. If I press the pedal down for a single 'pump' before the first crank, the car will not start until I wait for about an hour. I just purchased the car used with 85k miles. The battery is strong and cranks the car well enough but 4 days of multiple-crank starting is starting to wear on the battery.
Any suggestions on where to look? I do not want to go to the dealer without some idea of what is wrong b/c they are likely to over charge me.
An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points
An expert that got 10 achievements.
An expert that got 5 achievements.
An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.
Re: 2006, 3.0L V6 is hard to start
Based on what you described.
You have weeak ignition spark.The reason you have to wait for 1 hour to restart later to have all flooded fuel dried out so the sparks could ignite combustions.
1- Change all spark plugs.
2- Change air filter also
Have each spark plugs checked sparks when cranking to find out which one is really bad to replace the coil pack if applicable.
After these, if it still happens, then have the Cold start valve checked and replaced.
You don't need to go to a dealer. You can have any local shop to do this for you. Then you can control what you want them to do for you, not other way around for baloney recomendations from dealers. Good luck.
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need. goodluck!
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box above.
- Better answers use proper spelling and grammar.
- Provide details, support with references or personal experience.
Tell us some more! Your answer needs to include more details to help people.You can't post answers that contain an email address.Please enter a valid email address.The email address entered is already associated to an account.Login to postPlease use English characters only.
Tip: The max point reward for answering a question is 15.
Richie , what make vehicle do you have ? Is the check engine light or a yellow wrench symbol lit on the dash ? Pressing the brake usually doesn't have anything to do with it ! There are a couple sensors that could cause this , crank sensor , coolant temp ,cam ,mass air flow etc... when you turn the key to the on position does the check engine light come on ? Does your vehicle have a tachometer ? does it move when you crank the engine ? You probably should take this to a ASE certified repair technician that has all the tools to check it out ! Rather that just replacing parts with out testing !
You may not believe what I am going to say, but pumping the gas pedal does nothing to make the engine start. The throttle position sensor does not start sending a signal to the computer until after the engine starts. However, cranking the engine for an extended period of time could have an effect. If the fuel pressure is low, cranking the engine would build it back up to normal. I would suggest you have the fuel pressure checked before and after the first attempt of the day. The car would need to sit overnight for the first test.
Resetting the oil life monitoring system
1. Turn the ignition key to the on position. Do not start the engine.
For vehicles with push-button start, press and hold the START/STOP
button for two seconds without pressing the brake pedal. Do not attempt
to start the engine.
2. Press both the accelerator and brake pedals at the same time.
3. Keep both pedals fully pressed.
4. After three seconds, the Service: Oil reset in prog. message will be
5. After 25 seconds, the Service: Oil reset complete message will be
6. Release both the accelerator and brake pedals.
7. The Service: Oil reset complete message will no longer be
8. Rotate the key to the off position.
For vehicles with push-button start, press the START/STOP button to
turn the vehicle off completely.
your vehicle is fuel injected you should not have to pump the gas pedal plugs and wires ill bet that solves your problem and changeing the fuel filter wont hurt and a fuel injection cleaning wont hurt if you havent had one done to it
1. The engine does not have any fuel system screw bleeder! 2. The only one way for start the engine is to fill up the tank, then turn the ignition key in "ON" position for 4 - 5 times, wait for 10 seconds between two attempts, without cranking engine. 3. After that push the clutch pedal, (if exists), to the floor, and the accelerator pedal to the floor too. Now turn the ignition key in "ON" position, wait for 5 seconds, and crank the engine for maximum 40 ... 50 seconds. Wait for 60 seconds between two starting attempts, in order to save the battery & starter motor. 4. Repeat the step no.#3 until start the engine.
IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT TOW THE CAR IN ORDER TO ATTEMPT TO START THE ENGINE!!!
It's flooded like you say.
If it's really flooded, you'll have to remove plugs and dry them off.
Now when you crank engine, hold gas pedal to floor.
That will stop gas from spraying into engine.
You need to get the gas out of the engine for it to start.
Crank for 20-30 seconds with pedal to floor. Do this 3 times waiting 2-3 minutes inbetween cranks.
The starter needs to cool down.
Then after that start normally and see if it will start.
Remember if it will not start after 2 attempts, then the possiblity of it flooding is there and you'll have to clear out the gas by holding the pedal to the floor again.
The owner's manual offers these tips on starting in cold weather. First, do not touch the gas pedal and crank the engine for no longer than 15 seconds. If no start, hold the gas pedal halfway down and crank for no longer than 15 seconds. If no start, hold gas pedal all the way down and crank for 15 seconds. If no start, hold gas pedal halfway down and crank for 15 seconds. During any one of the start attempts with the gas pedal part/all the way down, if the engine should start, slowly release the pedal so the engine will not race. Remember that fuel does not atomize as easily in cold weather and can be a problem.