My car takes forever to start

If your car takes longer to start in the morning, then it could be a weak battery to blame. It could also be that your electrical system has drained the battery, or it’s old and needs to be replaced. In other cases, if you get a slow crank after your car has been driven and the engine is hot, it may be poor charging or a faulty starter. Weather conditions can also play a role in slow cranking. Your car will also be slow to start in cases where you have low fuel or the fuel pressure has dropped. You’ll need a mechanic to test the fuel pressure if this is the problem.

If you car is taking a long time to crank, it most likely means that something is wrong. I would start by testing the battery with a battery tester, and if you don’t have one running taking your vehicle to a local AutoZone to have it tested. If it’s not the battery, a full diagnostic inspection is needed to help identify the root cause.

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