2003 Mazda MX-5 hard to start when cold. Normally cranked only couple of times now takes many more before starting.

Asked by Dec 04, 2013 at 04:19 PM about the 2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Shinsen

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hard to start 2003 MX-5 when cold. Just began this problem.  Afraid I'll run down the battery trying to start. Runs great when running.

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Either you have a battery issue or your antifreeze is not good anymore. The battery should be checked a sap. If the battery checks out fine, I would check the coolant. It is recommended to check the coolant anyway.

Thank you mightymini11. I will have battery and antifreeze checked. I understand that the battery might be a concern but how does antifreeze effect starting?

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It may start to freeze and would cause the engine to work harder to turn over.

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