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Old 03-29-2009, 11:40 AM   #1
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what in an sct tune would cause my car not to start selectively?

my focus with the tune from my x3, would start every other time i would go to start it, the other half of the time it would crank over like it's not getting spark or something. i would crank it for about 2 minutes then it would start. so i set it back to stock and now it starts and runs fine every time with no problems. what in the tune could be causing this, the timing advanced too much or something? it's funny cause it start's then it don't then it doe's, literally every other time!


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?? Is it a custom tune or a preloaded sct tune?
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?? Is it a custom tune or a preloaded sct tune?
custom, i told them my mods, they loaded the tune on the x3 before they shipped it. the x3 doesn't have the pre-load tunes anymore bty.
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Try having them add ISC air during crank. Worked for me when I had longer than normal crank times.


but 2 minutes is a very long time to be cranking, there are bigger problems here.
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not 2 mins constant i crank 3 sec., then let it stop then another 3-6 sec... for 40 sec. to almost 2 min... then the next time it will start the first 5 sec. i don't think it's the car, it start fine with the stock tune! unless something is wrong with the car that the tune has a problem with?
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Yeah sounds like my suggestion may fix the problem. When I first loaded my tune I had a similar issue it was sort of choking off when I started it, so I added ISC air at crank and the problem disappeared.
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you can check if this is the problem by slightly opening the throttle after you turn the key to on but before you actually start the car.
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is the fuel smoke something of concern? an does anyone know what might cause it to no start right away? it's turns over like it's not getting spark but then it starts after a while and runs good. it's not throwing a code, but i think my idle valve is bad cause it wants to idle at 1500-2200. so i taped off 2 of the 3 holes on the tb idle circuit for now. it bought it down to 1000. but i hate it not starting!

you need to uncover those holes, and then get your tuner to work out your idle issues in the tune.
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you can check if this is the problem by slightly opening the throttle after you turn the key to on but before you actually start the car.
dude!!!!! thet's what i have to do to get it to start the times it will start, i just thought that had to do with me having 2/3's of my idle circuit taped off temporarily to bring the idle down do to a bad controlle valve. but ya, i have to press the gas a little for it to start. but it only work every other time.
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If you want it fixed 100&#37; youre going to have to un-tape the idleholes and talk to your tuner about the high idle.
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