My car cranks a little longer in the morning

Tiny
NICOLE MARIE FERGESTROM
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  • 2005 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 80,400 MILES
My car cranks a little longer in the morning unless I turn the key to on first. The cranking sounds normal. After recent driving, the car actually starts with one or two cranks, but some mornings, the car needs three to five cranks to start. This morning, I turned the car to on for a couple seconds and then to start and it started immediately. My dad says this is normal for a car to need to crank a little more in the morning, but I am not sure. What could be the problem?
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Monday, February 20th, 2017 AT 10:16 AM

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Tiny
STEVE W.
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Try this test. Get in turn the key "on", not to start, count to five slowly. Turn the key off. Now try to start the car. If it starts up real quick it is normal. What happens is that the fuel pressure bleeds off overnight and it takes a couple seconds for the pump to prime the system. Because the pressure bleeds off there can be some air that has to purge through the injectors before it starts. Now during "normal driving" the fuel pressure does not bleed off and the car starts almost instantly.

This guide should help

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/engine-cranks-excessively-before-starting
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Friday, March 12th, 2021 AT 9:39 AM
Tiny
NICOLE MARIE FERGESTROM
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Thanks so much! I will try that later today and see what happens.
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Friday, March 12th, 2021 AT 9:39 AM
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STEVE W.
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Forgot to mention that if your in a cold area it can also make it a bit more obvious because the battery being cold and the oil being cold make the engine turn over a bit slower.
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