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Old 01-16-2009, 11:11 AM   #1
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question for all you mechanics

when i try to start my car in the morning (when its cold out), i can turn the key and hold it for literally about 10 seconds. the dash lights up and the radio comes on but nothing happens with the starter. if i try it again the engine starts up like it normally would. i live in l.a. so obviously its not so cold that there would be any problem starting the car. almost forgot, this only happens in the morning, all other times it starts up without any problems. any ideas on what this could be? thanks
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:45 PM   #2
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So when you say it only happens in the morning, does that mean that it will start in the afternoon even if you have not driven it yet? Like say you park it at 9:00pm at night, and the next day you start it for the first time at around 3:00pm will it work, or will it just not start at like 7:00 am?
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:28 PM   #3
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first off.... what kind of car?
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:46 PM   #4
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the car is a 2003 gti. i almost always start it in the morning so its hard to say what it does in the afternoon as a first start
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:53 PM   #5
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.... maybe the starter is dead... or don't like the cold period
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:54 PM   #6
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its not clicking or trying to start at all?


check the battery for proper voltage. then move up the chain to the starter.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:29 AM   #7
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it doesnt struggle to start at all..as soon as the process gets going its starts up just fine...its just that the first time i turn the key, nothing happens at all..again, any other time during the day, this doesnt happen, even when it sits all day and i start it late at night. thanks for advice and any more help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 01-17-2009, 01:45 PM   #8
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how long are you waiting after you insert the key to start it.


im wondering if there is something with the vehicle anti-theft system not allowing you to start it right away.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:40 PM   #9
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it doesnt matter how long i wait after i get in the car. i actually just drove it and put the key in as soon as i got in and it started up just fine. weird stuff
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