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03svtfocus89 01-17-2009 02:03 PM

SVT not starting NEED help!
 
Thursday night i had a new clutch and flywheel put in,I drove it from the shop to my house (about 3 miles) parked it in my driveway and woke up the next morning to start it and it would not start, i thought oh its just because its -25 out. i tried jumping it but it almost stalled out my dads truck when i tried turning it over. it will crank and act like its about to start but just die. today it is +15 out and it is doing the same thing does anyone know what it might be? is it anything my mechanic did wrong when putting the tranny back in?

LongDucDong 01-18-2009 12:18 AM

I had the same problem here in IL, but no new clutch put in. lol After suffering through 2 days of wonderful "global warming" and its -40 degree windchills, my car just wouldnt start at all. It would crank, almost light, then not. After repeated attempts, the battery was just winding down (brand new battery, too) so I called it quits for the night. THe next day my brother came out and we tried to jump it and when cranking it, his Toyota almost died, too. His belts were squealin away, etc. lolol Today temps were back to normal so the first thing I did was go outside and hoped it started. It took 3 attempts but finally lit. I either deduced it was a frozen fuel line from those brutal temps, or I flooded it. When she fired up, she reeked of fuel, so I assume I just flooded it.

Bottom line? Try it when the temps warm up, you might have a frozen fuel line or maybe flooded it while trying to start it repeatedly.

03svtfocus89 01-18-2009 12:25 AM

yeah i just got it started about an hour ago i gave it some gas and it sputtered to life, and it reaked like gas for a minute or so too

izmas 12-19-2012 02:30 PM

I am experiencing the same problems. Once in awhile the car just won't start. Does any else have the same thing happening? It was really cold at night, when I woke up there was frost on the car in the morning. However, I'm in North California so it doesn't even snow here, so it's not that cold! I was able to put some fuel injector cleaner in it and waited until the temps warmed up closer to the afternoon. It barely got started after numerous times, and I pretty much killed the battery so I had someone help me jump it. I'm assuming frozen fuel line?

paulg127 12-19-2012 05:39 PM

Sounds like a cold start calibration from Tom with a little leaner crank fuel would help. Don't forget that holding the accelerator pedal to the floor during cranking will turn off the fuel. It the car does not start after the normal 3rd attempt, hold the pedal to the floor while cranking for 8 seconds. If it does fire during this clean out, make sure you take your foot off the pedal IMMEDIATELY to get fuel injected to have a chance at starting again.

izmas 12-19-2012 06:14 PM

I'm running a performance tune that came with my predator. I haven't had these problems before for many years. I think there might be an issue with a fuel injector. I will keep your suggestion about gas pedal and 8 seconds in mind. Thanks.

izmas 12-20-2012 12:43 PM

Well just to give you an update. I did use a bottle of fuel treatment (earlier) and filled up to a full tank. I cleaned out my garage and stored it inside overnight. It started with no problems in the morning. I'm still concerned about what happened earlier when it wouldn't start when it was really cold outside. I guess I will keep it in the garage for now.

GBPackFan 12-22-2012 01:34 PM

I have been experience this as well. I thought it had to due with my month long vacation, and leaving the car there for so long; but my step dad told me that he had taken my battery out and put it in the garage to keep the battery temp more stable. I put the battery back in, and i damn near didn't start. I really had to crank it hard, maybe 4-5 times. I floored the gas on third attempt to try to run the "clean out" and it still had a real hard time starting. It would turn over no problem, but it would never rotate fast enough or provide enough juice to kick off the plugs. It would try to start once or twice, and right before I give up and head for our portable battery charger it would fire off. It would reek of gas for at least 20-30 seconds, presumably the unburnt fuel from trying to start it so many times.

It does this on a regular basis at the moment, unless I start the car every day. I live in the Pac-NW and the temps here have been in the high 30's to high 20's. I have a brand new re-man Motorcraft alternator and an relatively new Optima Yellow top. I also have a sct flash tune, but not from Tom.

Garaging is kinda out of the picture for me. while we have an extra garage bay, my mom has all her sewing and crafting junk there in big Rubbermaid containers. She is really anal about me moving it too.

izmas 12-22-2012 04:46 PM

This sounds exactly like what happened to me. Glad you got it started.

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Originally Posted by GBPackFan (Post 4508902)
I have been experience this as well. I thought it had to due with my month long vacation, and leaving the car there for so long; but my step dad told me that he had taken my battery out and put it in the garage to keep the battery temp more stable. I put the battery back in, and i damn near didn't start. I really had to crank it hard, maybe 4-5 times. I floored the gas on third attempt to try to run the "clean out" and it still had a real hard time starting. It would turn over no problem, but it would never rotate fast enough or provide enough juice to kick off the plugs. It would try to start once or twice, and right before I give up and head for our portable battery charger it would fire off. It would reek of gas for at least 20-30 seconds, presumably the unburnt fuel from trying to start it so many times.

It does this on a regular basis at the moment, unless I start the car every day. I live in the Pac-NW and the temps here have been in the high 30's to high 20's. I have a brand new re-man Motorcraft alternator and an relatively new Optima Yellow top. I also have a sct flash tune, but not from Tom.

Garaging is kinda out of the picture for me. while we have an extra garage bay, my mom has all her sewing and crafting junk there in big Rubbermaid containers. She is really anal about me moving it too.



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