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2002 Hyundai Accent: Its intermittent and seems to go in cycles

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I have a 2002 Hyundai Accent. I''m having a problem with it not starting. It''s intermittent and seems to go in cycles. It''s happened 3 times this week but hasn''t happened in over a month prior. It sounds like it''s cranking but just won''t catch. Any thoughts?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  OnlineHelp replied 9 years ago.

If it's cranking then we can rule out the starter.
1)Fault in the fuel injection system

-You should perform a fuel pressure test, even a fuel cleaner may be beneficial to you at this point as it may resolve your issues.

2) Battery discharged. Check the operation of electrical components.

-You should have you battery tested again, you should test for voltage and cold cranking amp's. Also make sure you check the terminals of the battery. They should not be able to move around and they should be clean.

3. Excessive moisture on, or damage to, ignition components

-Check for spark using a spark tester ($6-7 and easy to use). This will help you determine if you ignition system is working properly.

4. Worn, faulty, or incorrectly gapped spark plugs.

-Check your plugs, make sure you have no residue on them and they should be gapped properly.

5.Broken, loose or disconnected wiring in the starting circuit.

-When attempting to start have someone stand over engine and check for sparks, smoke. Make sure all wires at starter are tight and not damaged.

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