2001 9-3 start-up problem

 
Old 02-09-2009, 07:05 PM
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I have a 2001 9-3 that has difficulty starting on the first try, after sitting overnight.

I'll turn the ignition and hold the key. After about five cycles, the engine ignition process stops and I just get the full set of lights on the dashboard.

I'll turn the key off and try again. The engine usually starts up on the second try, sometimes the third. If it takes a third try, the second attempt has the same symptom as the first attempt.

It seems to run fine once the engine is started. Once the engine is warmed up, I have no problems re-starting it after a short break. It will start up again and run fine.

However, if I leave the car overnight, on a cold night, I get the same ignition problem the following morning.

Any ideas on what might cause this? Thanks for any tips.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:21 PM
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Does it make a difference if it's a summer or a winter night?
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:57 PM
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This is a winter night (I'm in NW United States).
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Do you have an Advance Auto Parts nearby? They test electrical systems for free.
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