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The way the newer systems work the engine spins at least a few turns while the computer checks everything for correct readings. In the old days it was "cool" to be able to reach in and "bump" the key and have the car start. It meant you had the car tuned perfectly. Now the vehicle computer will not turn fuel on until it is happy with readings. One trick you can try is turn key to full on position and let it sit for a second or two before turning key the rest of the way to crank. This allows the system a second to do it's checking without wasting power cranking. Had Nissan that was just like this. Just wait a few beats before turn to full crank. You can also listen for fuel pump whine in that few seconds, and then hopefully whine to stop when pressure hits full. If whine never stops fuel pump may be getting weak. If you can get access to higher end code reader you can also check for "pending" codes that may be showing up sometimes (holding start up) but then working (so engine finally fires).
I have a 98 and we just had a cold snap where it was super cold and I didn't start it for about a week. I had just got a new battery because mine tested out bad. Everything was good but now it doesn't want to get fuel. Cleaned all battery and relay connections and it's turning over great and fires with starting fluid but won't start. Guy at Napa said the fuel pump on these are known to not work well in the cold and suggested to warm the tank. I'm parked outside and can't move it to get it inside somewhere. Anyone know of good solution to this fuel pump not working in cold temps issue?
Jason, please check for a kill switch, battery power left in the battery, and check your battery TERMINALS, THEY become corroded and fail to work in bad weather! There are several things that few people know about starting cars in cold weather. 1. Check your battery to make sure it is not rusted, leaking, and has a charge 2. Jump start your battery with another car, even if you believe the battery is good, this often times will still start your car. 3. If your engine is cold, and you have an older car, ensure to get your fuel lines to the engine flushed or have fuel injection service performed 4. The engine tends to warp the same way wood does during the extreme cold, do not be afraid to continue trying to warm up the engine by constant cranks with it is cold out. Your not going to hurt the car, the worse that could happen is too much fuel will enter the carborator and cause flooding in the system to occur. Wait 20 minutes if this happens and start to crank again 5. Bad spark plugs are a major reason why many cars take a very long time to start 6. Please have your spark plugs removed and exchanged for new ones. Over time, spark plugs become fowled and prevent the car from starting even thou you hear cranking!!!
Try energizing the fuel line twice, turn the ignition key to the on position for 30 seconds then turning it off for 5 seconds and then try starting the engine. This will warm up and clean the MAF sensor, and also ressurize the fuel line if the fuel pressure check valve has failed and that is located on the fuel pump return line. Clean the MAF sensor will also help in the cod weather starts, so you may want to clean the MAF with MAF cleaner and clean the Throttle body with throttle body cleaner and pay attention to the Idle Air control valve passage ways at the back of the throttle body opening. Good luck and keep me posted.
Possible flooding, cold weather can freez open injectors causing them to leak into the cylinders. Press the gass pedal all the way to the floor and crank the engine for no more than 60 seconds. The cylinders will clear themselves allowing proper mix of air/fuel and should start easy. If that does not solve please specify if the engine is 1.8l or 2.8l.
I would try insoluating the fuel lines anywhere they go past hot parts.I would also run some fuel cleaner in with a few tanks of gasoline. It has done wonders on my truck of 189k.
Lean or no fuel related problem do not set codes. Too much unburned fuel sets codes.
If your gas lines were froze then there is obviously water in your fuel
system which even once thawed could prevent your car from starting and
may not run good if it does. With that being said it obviously has to
be cold for your gas lines to freeze and cold weather is ******* your
battery especially if it sits for a while. Turn on your headlights and
see if they are working good as well as your dome light and radio. If
they are not working good or at all charge the battery with a battery
charger, even though you have tried to jump it. Your car will have a
fairly small battery and the smaller the cold cranking amps your
battery is rated for the worse it will be in cold weather, possibly
even not turning your engine over. If you do all this and it does not
work it may be your starter but my money is on the battery.