Crank no start issue?

Tiny
JANALANE
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  • 2006 MITSUBISHI GALANT
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 23,000 MILES
My car will turn over, but it will not start even after I got a jump. It had been in the below zeros all week so I'm hoping it's just the battery. What do you think?
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Monday, January 2nd, 2023 AT 3:46 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

Does the starter engage with the engine and turn it and then the engine just doesn't start? Also, is the temperature outside still below 0? I ask because yes, the cold may have affected the battery, but if it is cranking with a jump, it should still start. It makes me think you may have fuel line freeze up which isn't common, but it can happen.

Do me a favor. First, make sure the battery terminals on your vehicle are clean and tight.

Next, if the engine cranks okay with your battery, great. If it doesn't, I would recharge it.

After the battery is good, then I want you to see if the engine will start with starting fluid. If it starts and then stalls, we know there is a fuel-related issue. If there is no change, then I need you to check for spark at the spark plugs.

Here is a link that explains how to check:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-for-ignition-spark

Try this and let me know the results. Also, if you need to jump-start it, make sure not to create sparks when using the starting fluid.

Take care and I'll watch for your reply.

Joe
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Monday, January 2nd, 2023 AT 8:54 PM

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