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Old 01-04-2009, 12:20 PM   #1
mstein
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I've been having a problem starting my car in the mornings lately. It's winter, so I'm sure the cold has something to do with it. It cranks but will not ignite. Takes me a few times trying to start it and then eventually ignites. The other day, I had left it for a couple days without driving, and it wouldn't start. I jumped it and it worked. Drove to Autozone and swapped out the battery because I figured my battery was going bad. With the new battery, it started up right away. I ran errands yesterday, and each time didn't have a problem starting. Left it over night and had the same old problems this morning. Took 5 times attempting to start before it ignited. Any thoughts? Could something be draining my battery while the car is off? fyi, no dome lights left on or anything.

A couple other notes:
- car has no problem starting after it has been running a while and then shut off
- most recent maintenance is changing my spark plugs and wires. There was oil on the boots. Is that bad?
- seems to "seize up" as it tries to start. Not sure if that is the right term, but that's what it reminds me of.
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:08 PM   #2
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I'm confused. Try putting a bottle of drygas in your tank the next few fill ups. If you see the iso-heet brand in a red bottle, use that. If you have an electrical short, it can drain the battery.If that is the problem, good luck finding it!
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