HARD TO START, OFF AND ON.

  • Tiny
  • Chris Butyrin
  • 1993 FORD TAURUS
  • 180,000 MILES

In the last few weeks the car has been slow to start in the morning, but better later on. Then today it was even worse even after driving it. I had the battery, starter and alternator tested and everything was fine. What could be the problem?

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 AT 12:46 PM

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  • Tiny
  • Jacobandnickolas
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When you say slow to start, do you mean it is taking longer than normal or do you mean the engine is cranking slowly?

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 AT 7:06 PM
  • Tiny
  • Chris Butyrin
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Sometime when I turn the key it's like the battery is almost dead then it starts up after a few seconds - other times it starts right up!

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013 AT 10:58 AM
  • Tiny
  • Jacobandnickolas
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If the starter sometimes cranks slowly, check to make sure all battery terminals are clean and tight. If they are, you need to have the starter checked to see if it is drawing too many amps when that happens. It may be in the process of going bad.

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013 AT 7:51 PM
  • Tiny
  • Chris Butyrin
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Thanks - I'll look into that!

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Saturday, August 24th, 2013 AT 4:02 PM
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  • Jacobandnickolas
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Let me know what you find.

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Saturday, August 24th, 2013 AT 7:07 PM

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