Car doesn't start after a short stop


Asked by Dec 18, 2015 at 08:30 AM about the 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car doesn't start after a short stop like at a grocery store. If I wait for 5
minute and do not crank it many times, it starts in 5 minutes. Following are
the symptoms; any idea what the problem could be

Car Type: 2005 Nissan Altima
Engine Type: 2.5S

Always starts in the morning or after a long stop
Doesn't start when its a short stop 15 - 20 mins
If I stop the car and restart it immediately, it always starts.
Check Engine Light on

Any suggestion on what the problem could be. So that I could replace this.

4 Answers


Key to entire scenario: Check Engine Light On. That means a diagnostic code has been detected and and OBDII scan is called for. otherwise too much guessing. Many parts houses will do a scan at no cost. If you had put 1985 I immediately thought of vapor-lock, classic symptoms. But these days of electric fuel pumps, vapor lock is archaic. Get the fault code(s) and bring them back here

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

My mistake. It is not the Check engine light that is on but "Service Engine soon" light is on. Could you please help me solve the issue. Any guidance will be super helpful

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

That is just an oil change reminder. No more.

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Any clues to the starting problem...

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