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Old 10-24-2005, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My car takes too long to start. vuvuvuvuvroom, as opposed to my moms: vavroom. LOL. Is this normal for a 97 Vulcan with 100K miles?
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Old 10-24-2005, 06:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Some engines just take longer to start. I have an '02 Vulcan that turns over a few times before it starts. The other possibility is you have a weak battery; or, less likely, a degrading starter.
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Old 10-24-2005, 06:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Or something causing the fuel pressure to bleed down after you shut the car off.

Wanna be a little more specific about when this long crank problem happens, like cold/hot/always, etc.....
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Old 10-24-2005, 07:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A weak battery can definitely matter.
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Old 10-24-2005, 08:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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funny thing i have a 97 vulcan with over 100k miles and to day the same thing happend to me all i did was get a new battery (durolast gold) and now the problems fixed and it now runs better.
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Bumping an old thread here as I have a very similar problem and I hope some of you can help me.

When it is warm outside, the car starts just fine, just shy above 1second. When it is cold outside the car takes a little bit longer to start.

I have yet to check the alternator and battery (both are original), but I'm thinking that if it was, then shouldn't the delayed start occur even when it's warm? So, that's why I think it might be something else, not too sure though.

This weekend I'll test out the Alternator and battery to see if they are working good.
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Its possible that it's just cold out causing it. My 01 sometimes has to turn over a bit before starting ... it starts on the first time but maybe takes 5 seconds or so as opposed to starting right up on a warm summer day.
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Cycle the key a couple of times before actually cranking the starter. This builds up fuel pressure.
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Have the battery tested...a battery from '99 is pretty old and most likely doesn't have the cranking power it had when it was new. Advance or Autozone or the like will test it for free

FWIW, my original battery finally died last winter right when it got above freezing about three weeks after it tested fine...a couple weeks of subzero temperatures finally did it in. I'd be pretty surprised if your battery still has much life in it.
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I find that turning to on and waiting a few seconds before actually cranking does the trick. Starts right up every time.
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