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Automotive Column 21 Hard Starting

Automotive Column 21 Hard Starting

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Tip for longer fuel pump life. Regular changing of fuel filters on vehicles equipped with them can extend the life of the pump. When a filter gets restricted the pump has to work very hard and can be damaged.



Daily Car Repair and Advice Tips Question 21 Hard Starting

Dear Motor Medics,
 I’m having trouble with our 2003 Ford Taurus. The car has been hard to start the past few months. When we first try to start it in the morning or after a long day at work we will have to crank the car several times for ten seconds or more then it will fire and run. If we are to shut it off it will restart just fine and do so all day long if we don’t let the car sit for more than a couple hours. The car seems to run great but we are worried that it will not start at all some morning and we will be stranded. We cannot afford to make any repairs at this time but should be able to in a few months. What do you think the issue is and is there anything we can do to help it last until the repair is made? We appreciate all your help.

Jerry in Sloan Iowa This is a modern in-tank fuel pump

Dear Jerry,
 I’d say that it is likely a fuel pump issue from your description. The Check valve in the fuel pump is probably unable to hold a good prime when the car sits for extended periods. You can help it to start faster by cycling the key on for a few seconds, then off for a few seconds, then on for a few seconds, then crank. This will get it to prime and start faster until repairs are made.

Take care, the Motor Medics

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