Engine is slow to turn over when starting... at 26,000 miles...?
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    Engine is slow to turn over when starting... at 26,000 miles...?

    just wondering if anyone has any ideas on what i might be able to look into or clean or flush or hit with a hammer to get my car back to the way it was when i first bought it. the engine always turns over and it doesnt take a long time, but it does take longer than it used to and i'm not sure what might be contributing to that...
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    How does it turn over slow? You turn the key and it hesitates before it starts?

    Have you put new plugs in your car lately? Have you installed a new fuel filter yet? Those could be 2 major causes. Also, everytime your about to start it, turn the key but not all the way on. This will turn on the fuel pump and fill up all of the fuel lines. Then start it and it should start right away. My WRX had the same problem. It would hesitate before starting unless I turned on the fuel pump first and then started it.

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    it just takes a more than a few turns these days before the engine actually starts up. i havent noticed a delay between when i turn the key and when it begins to turn over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrinkleboi
    it just takes a more than a few turns these days before the engine actually starts up. i havent noticed a delay between when i turn the key and when it begins to turn over.
    o-|-<) bryan
    Have you done a tune up yet? Spark plugs wear out.

    Have you changed your fuel filter yet? Restriction to gas means hard to start.

    Have you replaced your air filter yet? No air means no start.

    I know these are simpleton questions, but I need to know info to help you out.

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    this is the info i was looking for. since i'm coming up on 30k in a couple months, i'm due for some maintenence. i changed my air filter at 15,000 and will do it again at 30,000. i havent changed my plugs or fuel filter, which i didnt think i'd need to do yet.
    it might also be that the past few mornings have been considerably colder and my car just doesnt like it as much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrinkleboi
    it might also be that the past few mornings have been considerably colder and my car just doesnt like it as much.
    o-|-<) bryan
    That could also be a contributing factor. Especially if you have thick oil in your motor. Change your plugs and fuel filter and see if it remedies the problem. I would.

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    My car has taken 3-4 cranks before it starts since I bought it, whereas my other vehicles have always started right away. I was assuming this was normal for the WRX but was planning to address it next time I'm at the dealership just to make sure. Does everyone's car start right away or is a few cranks normal? I just turned 7,000 miles.
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    Mine normally takes a couple turns before it will crank. Sometimes I'll have to crank it a second time if it wont catch.
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    Maybe it could be the stock battery, which seems to have about 3 cold cranking amps?

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    does it only do it when you start it for the first time you start it each day? i second that its porpably the battery thats at fault, try putting in another battery that you know is good, the sign of a dying battery is; its hard to start it for the first time but once your car charges it is fine for a while and then dies again. It could be the alternator but you always replace the battery becasue its obviously much cheaper(and your car is new). You could also check the voltage with the voltmeter but a simple battery swap will do if you don't have a meter handy. Colder weather also kills power so its propably more pronounced, and its a sign of battery wear.
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    I noticed this too after 26,000 and I have installed new plugs,battery,fuel filter,oil ect... .. it used to be first click then boom it would start.. now its click click boom sometimes even 3 clicks.

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