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    any advice on my car taking an extra second or so to start?

    Hi guys,

    Before I start to worry about costs and/or if there is anything wrong just wondered if there was anyone here who could provide any help/info.

    I have an 07' plate Astra twintop. Been good as gold, passed MOT flying colours but in the last 2 weeks or so when I put the key in the ignition and turn it takes a little bit longer than normal to start almost to the point I wonder if it'll start at all. It hasn't not started yet but I also start the engine and test it again to see if it takes as long on an immediate start again and it starts up straight away. Car otherwise runs good as gold and no lights on dash to suggest otherwise.

    Any help appreciated!

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    Petrol or diesel?
    It's probably the colder temps

    Is it petrol or diesel?

    could be the colder temperature at the moment
    is it petrol or diesel?

    If it's a diesel you need to turn on the ignition and wait a few seconds, there is normally a light on the dashboard that looks like a coil, this indicates that the Pre-heater is working, wait until that light goes out and it should start first time, no delay. If it still stutters you may have a failed coil.

    If it's petrol it could be a bit more complicated, have you noticed a drop in fuel consumption? The one possible thing with petrol is that it's taking a second to charge the injection system, that shouldn't happen as it's a sealed system.
    Edited by: "dwain" 18th Dec 2016

    petril or disel?

    Original Poster

    It's petrol guys

    Leave a little earlier and the 1 second won't impact your punctuality too much.:p

    Original Poster

    getmeone

    Leave a little earlier and the 1 second won't impact your punctuality too … Leave a little earlier and the 1 second won't impact your punctuality too much.:p



    Hahah that's a great idea! I'm just hoping it is the colder temps though but I live down south it's fairly mild and when we did have a cold spell a few weeks back it wasn't too bad. Although it has started within the last 2-3 weeks

    Had some similar which was the idle control valve being full of crap, if you've got one of those take it off & clean it.

    Get fuel filter changed if it hasn't been done recently, try nipping up any jubilee clips on fuel lines, check air filter too whilst at it.

    It could be one of a dozen things.....battery going duff/poor earth/alternator not fully charging/loss of compression/spark plugs need changing......if you aren't mechanically minded then just take it to a respectable garage and get it checked out.

    It might be getting old and can't make a decision as quick as it used to.
    My grandma takes a little extra time to go to the toilet, sometimes with disastrous results.
    Edited by: "willhay555" 18th Dec 2016

    Take it to Kwik Fit /ATS for a free battery check.

    Probably worn out battery.

    hottoast

    Take it to Kwik Fit /ATS for a free battery check.



    And a blank cheque if you do!

    The test is free...... You don't need to buy the battery from there, although they will price match.

    Could be sparks plug...
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