Is your car slow to start? We’ve all had that terrifying feeling when you turn the key and it sounds like your car is struggling to get started. Sometimes the engine just turns very slowly and you’re holding your breath hoping it will make it around another revolution and finally catch. Or maybe a slow starting car will just crank slower and slower until you get that rapid-fire clicking noise that you know means you’re calling for a tow truck. Still, sometimes slow starting cars do eventually fire up and when they do, our recommendation would be to not turn your vehicle off until you’ve gotten either to a mechanic or to a local auto parts store where it can be tested.

Speaking of local auto parts stores, did you know how helpful those guys can be?? Many of our partnering local auto parts stores will help you figure out what the problem is with your for free! Do have a check engine light on? They’ll plug it in and tell you what error codes your engine’s computer might have stored on it. Is your car getting poor fuel mileage? Then can suggest the right parts for a tune-up. Is your car slow to start? They’ve got the right tools to test your battery, starter, and charging system to make sure they are working properly. To learn more, keep reading and join me in the garage for an in-depth explanation!

Why Is My Car Slow to Start?

  • Worn Starter
  • Charging System Problems
  • Bad Battery

Worn Starter

If your starter is worn out, it might simply be struggling to turn your vehicle’s engine. Baring any internal engine damage that has increase rotational friction, a slow spinning engine could be an indication that your starter just doesn’t have the torque it used to. This could be due to bad brushes, arcing windings or bad bearings in the starter. You can test the current that your starter is drawing when it’s spinning and compare that to the current drawn by a healthy starter to see if that might be your problem.

Charging System Problem

The alternator in your car should charge the battery back up after it starts your engine, and it should also run any electrical equipment used while you’re driving. If the alternator isn’t recharging the battery, your vehicle will start slower and slower until eventually your battery is drained. Problems like loose wires, shorts, a bad alternator or a bad voltage regulator could all cause the battery drain and your car to start slowly.

Bad Battery

If your battery has gone bad, it will have trouble starting your car even if it’s being properly charged between starts. Your battery is rated in cold cranking amps or CCA. This is the amount of current the battery is able to supply to the starter even when it is 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Your local auto parts store can test your battery and give you a percentage of the cold cranking amps that it is currently able to supply compared to what it could do when it was new. If your battery is below 60% of it’s rated capacity, it’s time to start thinking about replacing it.

If your vehicle is slow to start, stop by one of our partnering local auto parts store to have your starter, charging system and battery tested!

  • AutoZone
  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Bennett Auto Supply
  • CarQuest Auto Parts
  • NAPA Auto Parts
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts
  • Pep Boys
  • Fast Track
  • Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Specialists
  • S&E Quick Lube Distributor
  • DYK Automotive
  • Fisher Auto Parts stores
  • Auto Plus Auto Parts stores
  • Hovis Auto & Truck Supply stores
  • Salvo Auto Parts
  • Advantage Auto Stores
  • Genuine Auto Parts stores
  • Bond Auto Parts stores
  • Tidewater Fleet Supply
  • Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts
  • Any Part Auto Parts
  • Consumer Auto Parts

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