Hard To Start

  • By Lea Naiz
  • 28 Jun, 2017
An engine that is “hard to start” is an engine that is begging for attention – it needs a professional to assess its condition to determine what is required to bring it back to proper operating order. When an engine is deemed “hard to start” it is assumed it is cranking but what is not known is if it is cranking correctly. To clarify this article following is a definition of the word “cranking” as it applies in automotive.

Cranking: This is when you command the starter motor to engage the engine, spinning the crankshaft which is necessary to begin the firing sequence of an internal combustion engine.

There are many, many different causes for a “hard to start” engine, on the minor side a weak battery can make an engine difficult to start. In a worst case an engine that is mechanically worn out / damaged or broken can be difficult to start.

As is the case with so many automotive events, diagnostics becomes very necessary to identify root causes of engine performance problems – and remember that the goal of diagnostics is to effectively spend your money giving value per dollar spent.

Rather than allowing someone to wildly spend your money by “guessing” at possible causes of a hard-to-start engine, allow the experts at Colchin Automotive to properly diagnose your vehicle issues – we’ll get it right and we’ll spend whatever time necessary talking with you to explain your options empowering you to make an educated decision regarding the future of your car and your money.

Won’t Start

When relaying information to anyone about what your vehicle is doing it is critically important to establish exactly what your vehicle is doing or not doing so let’s establish a baseline of terminology.

Cranking: This is when you command the starter motor to engage the engine, spinning the crankshaft which is necessary to begin the firing sequence of an internal combustion engine.

Firing: This is when the fuel within the cylinders is beginning to burn causing the engine to come to life.

As you can now see the term “won’t start” is vague.

• Is it cranking without firing at all?
• Is ti cranking and attempting to fire but not coming to life?
• Is it not cranking at all?
• Is it cranking more slowly than normal?
• Is it making a clicking sound when you attempt to crank the engine but not actually cranking?

So the goal of all this discussion is to help guide us to a solution – Root Cause Analysis or RCA. Accurate diagnostic information is always helpful in streamlining the diagnostic process.

Please call us any time if your vehicle displays abnormal symptoms. We’re always happy to spend time with you discussing the issues and possible solutions.

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