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    Hi,i would like to say that my car in the morning at 6:00 at morning when I go to work starting up the car it starts then crnks a lot then when the car gets gas pumped into the engine it starts up i do not know what to do for the car it has a check engine light what can i do to the car its a 1993 acura vigor before last year it would not happen it would start up right away when the crankshaft broke in the old engine we had no choice but to get a new engine on the car new engine $700 usd and $1200 for installition i paid 2000$ for the car used 800$ for new a/c 134a another 200$ for a tune up another 300$ for my coolant and condensor fans to be fixed another 250$ for my radiator to be changed 40$ for a new glove box 20$ for an ash tray 20$ for a grille and still with these repairs the car cranks like crazy in order to start i need help for the car and im not going to get rid of the car Why? because it is a 5 cylinder and rare in the united states.i am in car trouble and i need help thank you.

  • #2
    I'll be honest, that was tough to read. Putting everything in a single sentence makes it hard for everyone else to make sense of your post. Just a friendly pointer

    But OK, does it still take a long time to crank over once the engine is hot (ie, if you've gone for a drive, then switched the engine off and tried to start it again) or does it start up straight away?

    Does it run rough after you start it at 6 in the morning? Or does it run fine after it's started?

    When did it start doing this? Has it been like this since you got the new engine?
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    • #3
      Once the car starts, does it stutter/splutter unless you have your foot on the accelerator? It could be a problem with your fuel pump.

      Alternatively, it could be an issue with compression. You should take it to a mechanic and get them to connect an in-line pressure gauge to the fuel line to check the pressure the fuel is being pumped through at. If that's not it then get the compression of the engine checked. Both are pretty simple to do and shouldn't cost a lot or take long.

      I'd be leaning toward a fuel pump issue though. If you need to put your foot down to get the engine started then then not enough fuel is getting through. If it was working fine you'd probably flood the engine every time.

      It could also be something as simple as a dirty fuel filter or a clogged air filter. Check both of those too. Before throwing money at it, look at the basics

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        • #5
          I didn't read the original post 'cosit got borin'. But if you have a check engine light get that investigated first.

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          • #6
            Something is clogged up in the fuel system, maybe the pump, maybe the filter, maybe a line, maybe the regulator, maybe the rail.

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            • #7
              Your car is old, 6am in the morning if you're from aus it's cold right now, even my car sometimes takes a bit longer to crank on a cold morning and then almost stalls itself but is then fine.

              But if it's more serious than that could be any one of the problems already mentioned so might be worth getting someone to look at it.
              Derp.

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              • #8
                takes me 10-15 minutes to get my car running in winter.

                Good thing I'm a patient man.

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                • #9
                  Battery on its way out??
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                  • #10
                    I'll bet it's the fuel pump.
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                    • #11
                      My 380 throws CEL when its hard to start. I had a battery that was underpowered 470CCA vs 660CCA.

                      Now have a Yellow top optima in starts first go. CEL went but with knowing what the EL is saying it is all conjecture
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mecha-wombat View Post
                        Battery on its way out??
                        If this were the case it wouldn't crank.

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                        • #13
                          No if its on its way out it will turn over

                          When its out it wont turn over at all
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mecha-wombat View Post
                            Battery on its way out??
                            I really doubt it's the battery, considering if he puts his foot down and then it starts. If it were the battery, doing this wouldn't make a difference.

                            You need 3 things to start an engine: Air, Fuel, Spark.

                            If the engine is running fine when it's actually going then I'd say spark isn't an issue, because if a cylinder wasn't firing you'd have a pretty rough idle, and you'd generally notice that issue. If putting your foot down makes a difference, then I'd say it's more than likely fuel related, with the pump working harder when your foot is on the accelerator. It is possible it's an air issue, if the air filter is clogged up or there's a problem with the throttle body then you'd notice a difference when putting your foot down.

                            Check your air filter, check your throttle body, then check your fuel filter. If you can't see an issue with these 3 (being the 3 you can really check yourself), go to a mechanic and have your fuel pressure tested and your cylinders pressure tested.

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                            • #15
                              Do we know what the CEL is ??
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