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Old 11-24-2004, 07:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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for the past few days, when i try to start my car, it will not start, and it sounds really rough under the hood.... but the 2nd time i go to try it will start just fine... my car seems to be running just fine, but the 1st time you try to start it up, it will not start....

what could this be?

possbily spark plugs, but what else could it be?
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Old 11-24-2004, 09:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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for the past few days, when i try to start my car, it will not start, and it sounds really rough under the hood.... but the 2nd time i go to try it will start just fine... my car seems to be running just fine, but the 1st time you try to start it up, it will not start....

what could this be?

possbily spark plugs, but what else could it be?
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i asked my friends brother, a mechanic, verbally what is wrong...he thinks it could be a combo of the alternator and the battery..... that is just from me telling him what is happening.
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Old 11-25-2004, 03:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I say it's a coil. Try turning the car to on, and waiting 20 seconds before starting it.
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Old 11-26-2004, 01:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i tried the 20 second thing, didnt do much.... still didnt run the 1st time... 2nd time was fine...
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I had a similar problem, but after about a week it wouldn't start at all. It turned out the engine was water-locked because I had a cracked cylinder head. ghead Only a $2100 fix, so don't worry. I hope yours doesn't have the same problem.
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Old 11-26-2004, 02:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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holy shit..... thats almost half of what my car is worth.....
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with a cracked cylinder head, wont the cars running preformence be terrible? my car is running normal.
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with a cracked cylinder head, wont the cars running preformence be terrible? my car is running normal.
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I have the same issue with my car when its hot, or been sitting in the sun for a long period of time. 92' 320i E36, basically I thought there was fuel leaking back outta the rail after sitting for a time and thats why I also tried priming the fuel pump for 20secs prior to enginestart, but no dice, didnt solve the problem.

My car runs great, performance is SUPERB, fuel economy is great, its just that I have to live with this issue of poor start performance until I can solve the problem.

BTW. using BOSCH OEM Dual Prong Plugs serviced every 3000miles.

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