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Hot battery,will not turn engine every time,keep bumping key and will start turning engine seems like trying to start with too much compresion

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Will bump start but not off key

If the car turns over you can crank the engine using the key and it turns over fast, but it won't start, could be down to low fuel pressure, possibly fuel pump. Could be the coil ( which I doubt as the car starts when bumped) or, like you say, the plugs. The fact that the engine fires up when pushed, and the lack of info regarding how well the engine turns over using the battery, seems to me that it could be either a bad earth ground from the battery, but more likely a bad battery that's lost it amps and losing its charge quickly when the engine is off. Engines can turn over with a bad battery but the amps are bad and it dies quick. One thing you could try would be to see if you can get someone to jump start the engine using cables. If the engine starts its most likely the battery. You may still encounter a problem using cables because there still might not be enough amps getting through, so the best option would be to try a different battery first. Your car is starting when bumped which makes me think the plugs are ok, as when power reaches the plugs, they heat up and create combustion. If the fuel pressure is low, this could cause your problem, as the bump will increase the pressure and supply allowing it to start. I'm not sure if your car is electronic pump or mechanical. If it's electrical this could be unlikely the cause unless the power drain when trying to crank the engine from the battery is causing poor fuel supply from the electric pump. There is another you allow enough time for the glow plugs to heat up? some cars as they age prefer some time with the key on to the point the dash lights are on, and wait 30 seconds and then turn over the engine, this power supply can allow the plugs to heat up prior to being turned over. One other thing could be the pre- heaters. I'm not sure the exact names, but modern engines have a system that pre-heats the plugs, like pre-coils or something. This could be bad.

Try this first:
turn key to the point the ignition is on fully with lights on but don't turn over the engine. Leave it 30 seconds and then turn over the engine. See if this works. This will help heat the plugs and prime the fuel pump.

If this does not work, then try to get someone to jump start your car using cables. Again follow the previous tip. If this works it's likely your battery.

If this does not work, try a different battery. hopefully someone can loan you one. If this works, it's your old battery. some batteries are maintenance free, so you shouldn't top up with distilled water, but some are not and lose water. If it's low, top it up with distilled water. Do not use tap water. Be careful handling the battery with the caps off. Do not over fill.

If this does not work, try new glow plugs.

If this does not work, it could be the fuel pump causing low pressure.

Lastly, when you key the engine to turn it ove, does it just click? If you just hear a click from the starter motor, then either the battery is bad, a bad earth ground requiring a clean of the terminals and reconnecting them, or new starter motor. If you just hear a click and the battery is good, see if you can get someone to whack the starter motor body with a hammer and it may start. Be very careful not to have the car is gear, to no get your hand caught in moving parts, etc. This is at your own risk, please google how to do this and then decide if you wish to try.

There can only be so many problems. Power or fuel. It starts when pushed, so it gets fuel from the pump when pushed. The plugs get power when pushed. The key is does it turn over from battery, and is it getting enough amps. Good luck

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My 2003 saturn lw200 will start but will not stay running. The lock light has came on but is now off. how do i reset the anti theft

If it is just a relearn and you have no issues with the security system the procedure to "teach" the vehicle the transponder code for the "chip" in your key is as follows. Turn the ignition and just turn the key enough so the engine turns for just a second. Not enough to try and start the vehicle jusy enough to "bump" the engine quickly. Once you bump the engine, release the key and leave the key in the "on" or "running" position. Your security light should be flashing if you're dealing with a security issue but that doesn't happen 100 percent of the time. Leave the key in the on position for 10 minutes. If the security light is on or flashing it should shut off after 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes turn the key off and without removing the key turn it to where you bump the engine like before and repeat the 10 minute wait time. You will need to do this 3 times totalling 30 minutes. The 3rd time turn the key back off and without removing the key try and start the vehicle. This is the only procedure that can be done without diagnostic equipment and providing you don't have an issue with a part in the security system or there isn't another problem, this should reprogram your vehicles security system. Hope this works for you and hope I was able to help....

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Evan, you may have two interconnected but otherwise unrelated problems. Problem one is your starter sounds like it is wearing out due to the second problem you have. If this has been going on for a while and you have had to repeatedly crank and crank the engine the starter gets hot and wears prematurely. The "Bendix" gear on the end of the starter isn't always extending into the ring gear on the flywheel and they scrape against each other when you try to start the engine. The bump you feel may be a damaged tooth (or teeth) in either the starter or the ring gear it turns or the bolts holding the starter may be getting loose (or both). The second issue feels like a defective ignition switch in the steering column from the information you have given so far.

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1998 vw beetle wont start when turn key but bump start works but doesnt want to stay running\

This sounds like the anti theft system is active, you jump start it but it dies out after a few seconds , if this is correct then try another key. the other thing can be a weak battery make sure the battery is fully charged and good,

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I have a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with a 5.7L Hemi. I have had a starting issue I turn the key - nothing Turn the key a few more times the engine cranks and starts. It was doing this last spring...

is the engine grounded to the body? if so, you may have a key issue that's only going to get worse. your key is coded, black square ignition key right? $75.00 dealer only. sorry but it sounds like that's your problem. almost like a valet key. only works for short time and if you keep using it, it will blow the fuel pump$379.00 please do more research! hope this helps,and merry christmas from me and mine,to you and yours.

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Starting issue with John Deere 108 lawn tractor

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I have a 1998 f-150 4.2l v-6 tryed to start it today it turned over and did not catch. turned key to try again it bumped the starter but would not turn the engine over. I tryed jumping it but I knew I had...

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