Why does my engine have to crank over more times before starting than it used to?

Asked by Dec 20, 2015 at 10:07 AM about the 1998 GMC Sierra 1500 C1500 SLE Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My truck has always popped right off when I hit the key.  Of late, it seems to
crank for 3-4 seconds before starting.  Runs fine.  Battery was weak so I
recently replaced.  Seemed to help but didn't cure problem.  Fuel pump is
about a year old.

3 Answers


Check air filter and clean throttle with throttle body cleaner add fuel injector cleaner to gas tank.

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Change your fuel filter all so.


It may just be cold weather especially if you live where it is really cold. A tune up might be in order and if it is really cold you may want to use a winter weight motor oil.

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