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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-15-2011 Thread Starter
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Trouble starting in cold weather

My daughter has a 2000 3.8 mustang. Three times she has called me from college that her car won't start. This is only when it is cold. One time I called a mechanic and all he did was push on the gas pedal and it started. The other two times I drove to her school and by the time I got there It startes right up. This is after she tried pushing the gas pedal down. I know your not suppose to mess with the gas pedal but that did work the first time. Seems as though when the car sits for a while after you try to start it, that it will go ahead and start. Could this be a fuel pump problem? Sure could use some help. Also the fuel filter is new. This only seems to hapen in cold weather 10 to 15 degrees. Thank's ABS7

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-15-2011
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Could be the battery. Get it checked and make sure it's got enough juice.


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The motor turns over fine. Just won't start.
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next time, just turn the key on, don't crank it. leave key on for about 3-5 seconds do this a couple times leaving the key off for 10 seconds between turns, if it starts, the fuel pressure is bleeding off(fuel pump).

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I will try that. Thank's
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I am going through sort of the same thing just with my s10 Blazer (IT PULLS IN THE SNOW!) I was getting fuel, spark, and air. It still wouldn't crank. I just started this new thing where I bump the key and turn the engine over a few times and it tries to start. After that I keep bumping it and it starts up fine. This is on mornings of 2 degrees to -12 degrees. I was thinking it was something with the way I set the timing because it ran fine in the Summer. As far as all my Mustangs they run a oc 93 tune and fire right up in the cold. Keep us posted, I sure would like a solution also.

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check the alternator and starter.

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check the alternator and starter.
nah, you're missing the point.. it cranks perfectly fine.. it just takes a few more cranks than normal to turn over

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