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Hard to start

My daughters 97 lumina is hard to start, it takes 15 or 20 minutes of turning the engine over before it will start, it takes patience but most of the time it will start before the battery goes dead, Once started it runs fine until she stops somewhere and turns it off, and then it's back to many attempts to get it to start again, not sure to check fuel supply or ignition problem, what should i check first, any simple or easy things to check first before i go to the high expence of taking it to a garage!

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  • detailman Jul 18, 2008

    the plugs appear to be in good condition, I cleaned and re gapped them, the problem still exists, what should my next step be.

  • Anonymous Aug 24, 2008

    I had the same problem with my '97 Lumina and suffice it to say that it took a long time to determine the cause & I'm not sure we're out of the water yet! I replaced the battery, spark plugs, starter and had new keys made thinking the computer chip was worn down. While having an oil change done, my mechanic found the belt tensioner ready to fall apart which it did once he removed it. He explained that without the correct tension on the belt, the alternator did not work properly, in turn causing more duress on the battery, leading to its demise. The car has run great since the tensioner was replaced (about 3 months ago), but just broke down 3 days ago after the "volts" light stayed on & I tried to limp it home. My mechanic will look at it in the next day or so , but friends tell me its probably the alternator which was replaced about a year prior to the problems I had which are similar to yours. Don't know if this is any help or not; seems I'm still looking for the "missing electrical link."

  • jbt107 Dec 19, 2008

    I have a '98 Lumina 3.1 with simillar symtoms... It has a freshly rebuilt starter and altenator, new tensioner and a new battery... Not fun stuff to buy or replace for an older high mileage heep...This morning its like -25 and I couldnt get it started, It also seems sluggish on hills or when pedal's down 3/4 of the way...tried using fuel line additives to clean injectors...
    so my next step is to follow the advice of gmgoodwrench and change the fuel filter...



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I own a 1990 Chevrolet lumina. I had the same problem, it can easily be fixed by changing the fuel filter. If this does not solve the problem you might have some water in your gas tank. ><

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Check/change the spark plugs.

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