Car is hard to start, then sputters, then runs fine... any ideas
I'm trying to help a buddy out with his car and I'm kind of stumped. Here's what happens: On a cold start it cranks longer than it should need to and then sputters to life. Sometimes you need to feather the throttle to keep it running but sometimes it's fine. Upon startup I notice a strong gas smell as well as smoke coming from the tailpipe, more than likely unburned fuel. Once it gets past the sputtering and choking which last only for about 15 to 30 seconds it calms down and runs just fine. Every once in a while all of the sputtering will cause an Check Engine Soon light to turn on for misfire, then it goes out after a few key cycles. Once the car is warmed up it will start right up as soon as you hit the key, but if you let it sit and cool off for an extended period of time it will be hard starting again. Any of you guys have any ideas on what this sounds like? Cold or hot weather doesn't affect this condition either way. It acts the same regardless of the temp outside. Funny enough cold weather might help it slightly.
Any help would be great. It's his DD. Thanks guys.
fuel pump mine did that before it went out, or just a tune up.
But if it was a fuel pump wouldn't it have issues while running too? It should have just as hard a time maintaining fuel pressure as getting it there under cranking conditions, right? Same with a tune-up. The car runs perfectly fine once started.
Leaky fuel injector maybe, lets the rail dain into manifold while sitting then the you try to start in an already flooded condition. Try pressing the gas peddle to the floor before you put the key in and hold it there. Then start this is the normal start for flooded engine. Maybe a good injector cleaning will fix it. Good luck
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Strong gas smell, sputtering, and smoke out the tail pipe. Yep, you've got a case of motorfloodititis. Injector driver in the PCM is causing the injectors to be stuck open. What BadGTho said is right. Clean the MAF and check O2 sensors.