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my Dad is on his way to take me to school. My car sat for a couple days in this cold weather and now it wont start
I put in some dry gas already but dont know what else to do. It turns over and wants to start but wont. i dont want to kill the battery. Any advise will help. i'll check in later. I'll be at school until 6:00 but i really need to get this car running. maybe any way to warm up the motor? Just a thought.
 

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I'll be out running around most of the day & have my boat jump-box in my truck. Give me a call & I'll see what I can do!
 

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That's a pretty broad problem. Engines usually won't start for one of two reasons: no fuel or no spark. Is your car fuel injected? I'm assuming you have gas, but if you don't keep the gas tank above half full during the winter, condensation can form and the water can freeze in the fuel lines. Since it's so cold out, I'm assuming this is a fueling problem and you're getting spark. The newer the car, the more difficult it is to diagnose without some type of computer reader.

You can try spraying some eather (sp?) into the throttle body and see if the engine will turn over. I don't know how much this will help you. If I can do anything to help, let me know.
 

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QUOTE(Dookie @ Jan 29 2004, 12:40 PM). It turns over and wants to start but wont. i dont want to kill the battery. Any advise will help. i'll check in later.
when it is turning over, put the accelerator to the floor and hold until it starts, but don't turn over for more than 10-15 seconds at a time or you will either kill your battery or burn out your starter. good luck.
 

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QUOTE(Intimidator @ Jan 29 2004, 12:27 PM)but if you don't keep the gas tank above half full during the winter, condensation can form and the water can freeze in the fuel lines.
dang... that's what my parents have told me all my life and never really truly believed it! wow!
mom and dad DO know everything! lol!
 

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QUOTE(Loud454 @ Jan 29 2004, 01:05 PM)QUOTE(Dookie @ Jan 29 2004, 12:40 PM) . It turns over and wants to start but wont. i dont want to kill the battery. Any advise will help. i'll check in later.
when it is turning over, put the accelerator to the floor and hold until it starts, but don't turn over for more than 10-15 seconds at a time or you will either kill your battery or burn out your starter. good luck.
LOUD
What up- have not seen you in these parts for some time now.
 

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QUOTE(Intimidator @ Jan 29 2004, 12:27 PM)That's a pretty broad problem. Engines usually won't start for one of two reasons: no fuel or no spark. Is your car fuel injected? I'm assuming you have gas, but if you don't keep the gas tank above half full during the winter, condensation can form and the water can freeze in the fuel lines. Since it's so cold out, I'm assuming this is a fueling problem and you're getting spark. The newer the car, the more difficult it is to diagnose without some type of computer reader.

You can try spraying some eather (sp?) into the throttle body and see if the engine will turn over. I don't know how much this will help you. If I can do anything to help, let me know.
fuel injected 97 LHS.it turns over and sounds like it really wants to start but just cant quite make it. I'm figuring it's the cold and that i didnt drive it since Sunday. I'm going to try again when i get home.
Hard to believe the weekend is about here already
 

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Willing to try anything at this point. I'm not sure how long it would take the "HEET" (dry gas) to work i'm hoping it will start by the time i get back. I'll call ya
thanks
 

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I have to bowl tonight

I'll drop some starting fluid off at your house B4 bowling and if you plug in an ext. cord and leave it sticking out of the garage I'll also hook up a battery charger so your battery won't go dead.

If your leaving soon that's the best I can do......
 

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We had a cavalier with a multiport fuel injected motor. When it got this cold one time, it too would not start. It would turn over all day long, but no spark. Got a constant source jumper, and found I had to pump the h3!! out of it, even though it says not to, and it finally started. Seemed like it wasnt getting enough gas. Might be worth a shot for you dookie.
 

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Hey, what about my cats on the engine to warm it up idea???
 

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Thanks Spider and everyone else, it felt like it was getting ready to start completely when i got home but it didnt. Then the other times i tried it was struggling

Nocode is stopping by tomorrow to help me out.
I feel like i should call her the Little Engine That Could
I think i can, i think i can.........
 

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QUOTE(hammer @ Jan 29 2004, 09:34 PM)Hey, what about my cats on the engine to warm it up idea???
Ya Hammer, thats a good idea
Let me ask Sadie if she is willing to lay her warm porky belly on the engine. You know how warm she is
It just might work
 

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WooooooooHoooooo!!!!!!
She started!!!!! Good advise Hammer Sadie was a good sport
j/k

I did something I was told not to do but it worked. My car was just so close to starting, I couldn't resist holding down the gas pedal and she started up, sounding cold and rough but I'm letting her run for a little while.
I know when I haven't been started up for a while it takes me a bit to get warmed up

I'm pretty sure it had to do with it sitting through this wicked weather since Sunday night. I wont do that again.

Thanks for the input fellow LSCN peeps!
 

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iam not sure where they sell them murrays ? but a elec dip stick might help dookie in the future , keeps oil warm at night. that or a light bulb on the engine..
 

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QUOTE(Loud454 @ Jan 29 2004, 01:05 PM)QUOTE(Dookie @ Jan 29 2004, 12:40 PM) . It turns over and wants to start but wont. i dont want to kill the battery. Any advise will help. i'll check in later.
when it is turning over, put the accelerator to the floor and hold until it starts, but don't turn over for more than 10-15 seconds at a time or you will either kill your battery or burn out your starter. good luck.
For some reason I over looked the "put the accelerator to the floor" part of your post and that's exactly what worked after I let it sit for a while. Thanks for the advise. I remember my mechanic telling me never to do that, so that's what was stuck in my head
 

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QUOTE(Dookie @ Jan 30 2004, 12:36 AM)QUOTE(Loud454 @ Jan 29 2004, 01:05 PM) QUOTE(Dookie @ Jan 29 2004, 12:40 PM) . It turns over and wants to start but wont. i dont want to kill the battery. Any advise will help. i'll check in later.
when it is turning over, put the accelerator to the floor and hold until it starts, but don't turn over for more than 10-15 seconds at a time or you will either kill your battery or burn out your starter. good luck.
For some reason I over looked the "put the accelerator to the floor" part of your post and that's exactly what worked after I let it sit for a while. Thanks for the advise. I remember my mechanic telling me never to do that, so that's what was stuck in my head
ha ha....I was wondering if you read my post. I was like "that's what i said!"
from what you said, i knew that would work.

i am glad that you got it started!
 
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