1996 Chevy Astro cranking

Tiny
ROSEANN62
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET ASTRO
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 215,000 MILES
Van will not crank when cold unless we use starting fluid. But after it warms up it will crank until is gets cold again.
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Sunday, February 28th, 2010 AT 8:35 AM

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Tiny
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Do you mean wont start or will not crank(spin)?
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Sunday, February 28th, 2010 AT 8:44 AM
Tiny
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It will turn over but will not start. After starting it runs fine
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Sunday, February 28th, 2010 AT 9:01 AM
Tiny
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If service engine light is on, have the codes read Autozone will read them for free, post all code here. Next, if no service engine light, there are a few parts that can cause hard starting, they include, fuel pump(low pressure) Idle air control(Bypass not working) Engine coolant temp sensor(choke system). And EGR(stuck partially open). And the biggest cause, worn spark plugs and bad plug wires. Remove plugs, and check condition and GAP! Also clogged fuel filter, less likley since it runs OK when you do get it going.
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Sunday, February 28th, 2010 AT 10:17 AM
Tiny
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Engine light is on code is low temp.
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Sunday, February 28th, 2010 AT 10:31 AM
Tiny
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The actual code would help more, but look into the ECT and changing the thermostat.
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Sunday, February 28th, 2010 AT 11:23 AM
Tiny
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My cousin is the one that got the code so I will talk with him and get the code from him. But not sure what the ect is. Could you please let me know.

Thanks
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Sunday, February 28th, 2010 AT 11:52 AM
Tiny
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ECT=Engine coolant temperature sensor, about twenty dollars. Located in the drivers side head between either the first two cylinders, or last two. Remove it with a cold engine, screw the new one in quickly and you wont lose too much coolant.
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Sunday, February 28th, 2010 AT 3:51 PM
Tiny
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Just wanted to say thanks. We are taking your advise and will let you know how things work out. Thanks for everything.
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Sunday, February 28th, 2010 AT 5:08 PM
Tiny
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Your welcome, so how is it?
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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 AT 2:47 AM

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