Car will start after sit for awhile but won't start after driving n turning it off what it mean?


Asked by Apr 18, 2015 at 10:34 AM about the 2003 Chevrolet Impala Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi I just bought a 2003 Chevy impala . my
car starts in the morning when I go to work
and then I turn it off and won't start back up
but I let it sit till 4 or more hours then it'll
start the process again... I bought a new
battery and new starter was put in.

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Is the engine turning over and just not firing up, or do you turn the key and get nothing?

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It'll sound like it after the first couple times .. Somete it'll start up but chug till it stops .. When I keep trying I get nothing

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Try changing out your Engine Coolant Temperature sensor. It may be bad causing the computer to run a rich mixture of fuel. That may explain the chugging and stalling out. When you said you keep trying and get nothing, if the car stalled out and you try to start it again, is it totally dead, like the starter is not engaging? Or does the car continue to turn over the engine, and it's just not starting?

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After like the 5th time I try to start it . it won't found like its gunna turn over . the battery light will come on n it'll stay quiet


If your battery light is coming on, you may have bad battery cables or a bad ground. Have you noticed the battery light coming on while you are driving it?


No .


Try changing out the ECT. Engine Coolant Temp sensor. See if that will at least make it start on the first try.


Okay thanks .. I'm gonna get a coolant flushed too . the coolant is a Lil dirty

Donna Did you find a fix to this issue?


I believe you may have a passlock system issue going on i own a 08 impala with similar issues

I got a 2005 Jeep Liberty after it runs for a while and you shut it off you go into the store you come out it won't start it acts like it's not getting gas you have to wait for a good while before it will fire up I'm getting fire just seems like it's not getting gas do you guys have any idea what it could be

Hi Donna, did you fix the issue you had with Car?

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