Engine Mechanical problem
1990 Pontiac Tempest 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic
Same car as the 1990 Chevrolet Corsica with the 3.1L V6.
Once in maybe every 20 cold starts, the engine will need to be cranked a couple of times before it starts. This was particularly bad today when I needed to crank it 4 or 5 times and the check engine light came on.
When I finally did get it started the engine ran great as usual and I ran it through a few warm starts later and it has no problems at all. The check engine light is now off.
I have been getting better than the EPA rated mileage and I've replaced the oil, battery, air filter and plugs recently and all other fluid levels are good. What could a problem like this be? I'm kind of at a loss as to why an engine would have such intermittent problems and run so great once started.
Thursday, November 12th, 2009 AT 12:26 PM