Car

Ask a Mechanic Online and Get Answers to Your Car Questions

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Car

suzuki XL7: I started having trouble with my XL7 (2007) not

Customer Question
I started having trouble with...
I started having trouble with my XL7 (2007) not wanting to turn over (start) about 6 weeks ago. It would start great for 3-4 days and then if would lag and after about 2-3 attempts if would roll over and start. During this same time my car started getting hotter than usual when idling and the fan was loud. I was also having trouble with the oil change light as my regular oil change store could not get it to reset as they have over the past year. I took the car in and a mechanic said I needed new starter and my fan was not working. I had the starter and cable replaced and decided to wait on the fan as it is winter and I am tight on money. The next day the car did not start - just like prior to the new starter. I attempted to take if back and the mechanic was not available. I then went to the Suzuki Dealer for an assessment. I was told the Fan needed to be replaced (2000$ worth of work) and that it was defective and not turning off causing too much wear on the starter. Because of the $ involved I went to another mechanic for a third opinion. He said the fan was working on the day he looked at it but by battery and starter cables were loose. He tightened the cables. This was yesterday. This morning the car did not roll over and I had to try 3 times to get it started. could this be an electrical/computer problem if the parts are working intermittently and look fine at times. If so, shouldn't the dealer have been able to diagnosis this? I am now almost 700$ into repairs over the past 2 weeks and I still have the same problem with the starter. What you think?
Submitted: 5 years ago.Category: Car
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Car Question
Answered in 7 minutes by:
11/15/2012
Auto Mechanic: Randall C, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 years ago
Randall C
Randall C, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Car
Satisfied Customers: 12,956
Experience: 32 years Foreign / Domestic Cars All aspects of Diag and Repair
Verified
Hello, I am Randall. I have reviewed your question and working on it now.

I need you to reword the question. I am not understanding "did not roll over" took 3 times

are you saying the starter is not cranking then all of sudden it does or something else? what do you mean by trying 3-4 times?

do you have a volt meter

you also said fan not working but then go on to say would not turn off so am curious about that as well


Just trying to gather some information, Thanks
Ask Your Own Car Question
Customer reply replied 5 years ago

When I turn on the ignition switch the car begins to start but seems to get stuck "in the middle of starting" and does not actually start. I turn the ignition back to the beginning position and try again - after 3-4 times of this it will start. So it is cranking, but does not complete the process by starting the car (again- this is intermittent most days it is fine)


I do not have a volt meter but 4 different mechanics over the past 6 weeks have told me my battery is at full strength


I was told by 2 mechanics (one was the dealer) that my fan is not spinning causing the car to get hot (not all the way to red though). in addition, the Suzuki dealer told me that the fan problem was linked to the starter problem because the fan motor is ??broken and is not shutting down when I turn the car off??? That statement aside, when I saw a new person yesterday, he said my fan was working and I had loose battery and starter cables which he fixed. However, when I stopped for gas this am, the car did not crank/turn over until the 3rd try. Hope that helps. I gave part replacement recommendations for the dealer I saw last week if you need me to provide that info


 

Auto Mechanic: Randall C, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 years ago
ok, still trying to follow the starting problem. you say it begins to crank? starter works ok then it just stops cranking? starter stops or are you sayingt he starter works the whole time but engine is not starting
Ask Your Own Car Question
Customer reply replied 5 years ago

I’m am not sure. Normally I turn the key and it makes
a rumbling/starting sound and the engine turns on. When it acts up it makes the rumbling/starting sound and the sound keeps going as long as I hold the key in the start position, but the engine doesn’t start. To get it to start I turn the key off and try again until the engine starts.. So... yes the starter seems to be doing its thing but the engine dosent actually start.

Auto Mechanic: Randall C, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 years ago
ok, so this is what we call a crank, no start , at times. Its tricky to solve since intermittant

has any work been done say tune up wise? has check engine light come on at any time?
Does it run fine once started?
how long has this been happening?
How many miles on it?
Ask Your Own Car Question
Customer reply replied 5 years ago

Sorry - Im at work and keep getting interurupted. It is fine once it starts. This has been happening 6 weeks - since I had trouble turning off my oil change light. 84, 000 miles - I have had the car for 1 year. No tune up but I have regular oil changes. Never any proibs - great car till now. I think the engine light went on once. I did take it to the dealer for diagnostics last week and they did not say anything about neededinn a tune up or electrical work - just the fan replacement

Auto Mechanic: Randall C, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 years ago
To me this does not sound like starter at all,The fan should have nothing to do with it

It sounds like a hard startup at times

One of quite few things can cause this

Some tests have to be done to help narrow down.

If you can get a can of carb cleaner, next time it will not start right up on first try, STOP cranking

undo the large intake air hose to the throttle body. the art where the throttle is, gently give a quick spray of carb cleaner. Immediately try to start. If it starts right up, I know we are in the direction of fuel delivery. If it does not? then it may be spark related

You can do this at anytime then get back with me . I have to start at some point but a starter would not be it if it is cranking and not starting up
Ask Your Own Car Question
Customer reply replied 5 years ago

Thank you - I will try this. Do you suggest changing the spark plugs - that is not too expensive I don't think

Auto Mechanic: Randall C, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 years ago
yes,, you are right near the time for them. A weak spark at times can cause this. If you try the spray test, get with me with results and we can move forward with my thoughts etc. Thanks
Ask Your Own Car Question
Customer reply replied 5 years ago

Thank you I will


 

Auto Mechanic: Randall C, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 years ago
We need a starting point. Thanks
Ask Your Own Car Question
Ask Chris (aka-Moose) Your Own Question
Chris (aka-Moose)
Chris (aka-Moose)
Chris (aka-Moose), Technician
Category: Car
Satisfied Customers: 1,231
1,231 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 16 years of experience

Chris (aka-Moose) is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry.

Stephanie PElm City, NC

used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future.

David L.Richmond, TX

9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much.

PhilMarysville, CA

Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible.

CharlesWalnut Creek, CA

As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!

SueCharleston, WV

Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff.

JimCastleberry, FL

The nearest Volvo dealer is 160 miles away. Best $15 bucks I have spent in a long time!

Paul MCorpus Christi, TX

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Chris (aka-Moose)

Chris (aka-Moose)

Technician

1,231 satisfied customers

16 years of experience

Ted G.

Ted G.

ASE Certified Technician

1,708 satisfied customers

20 years auto repair experience, ASE Master Tech, Mechanical Failure consultant, Expert Witness

George H.

George H.

ASE Certified Technician

1,522 satisfied customers

ASE Master Tech 15+ yrs, AAS Automotive Technology, Factory trained Asian specialist

GM Tech (Cam)

GM Tech (Cam)

Auto Service Tech

669 satisfied customers

GM Grand Master Technician 2007. 14 years experience.

Amedee

Amedee

Former ASE Master Tech

2,505 satisfied customers

ASE certified tech advanced level specialist. Wisconsin certified emissions state inspector

Jerry

Jerry

Master Mechanic

2,181 satisfied customers

ASE master, 30+ years. All makes and models. Trouble shooter, shop forman, service manager

Richard

Richard

ASE Certified Technician

1,000 satisfied customers

12 years Ford Lincoln/Mercury Jaguar dealership as a technician and shop foreman reparing all makes

< Previous | Next >

Related Car Questions
Can you pull the engine out with out pulling the trans 2008
can you pull the engine out with out pulling the trans 2008 Mini base hatch back … read more
eauto
eauto
self employed
High School or GED
74 satisfied customers
2010 Chrysler Sebring Limited Sedan 2.7L. Is there a DIY
2010 Chrysler Sebring Limited Sedan 2.7L. Is there a DIY Blend Door Actuator Calibration sequence I can use? Heater blew cold. Coolant did not appear to be cycling. Removed air from system. Heater blo… read more
Kavey
Kavey
86 satisfied customers
MY QUESTIONS IS: DOES THE 2002 HONDA ACCORD HAVE A
HI ********** MY QUESTIONS IS: DOES THE 2002 HONDA ACCORD HAVE A ALTERNATOR FAILURE OR WARNING INDICATOR OF SOME SORT? … read more
Gabriel Grey
Gabriel Grey
Master Service Technician
Associates
158 satisfied customers
I have a power steering leek it looks like it's the line
I have a power steering leek it looks like it's the line that goes from the reservoir to the pump? … read more
Chris (aka-Moose)
Chris (aka-Moose)
Technician
1,231 satisfied customers
Heater/a.c. fan not working at all. Fuses are fine. Don't
Heater/a.c. fan not working at all. Fuses are fine. Don't know location of relay. Switch still works. Hear relay clicking … read more
David Craig
David Craig
OWNER/MECHANIC
Associates
3,901 satisfied customers
I cannot operate any windows on 2006 honda ridgeline
I cannot operate any windows on 2006 honda ridgeline … read more
Gabriel Grey
Gabriel Grey
Master Service Technician
Associates
158 satisfied customers
I need on this diagram what are this wires for 1-3-7 I know
Hi guys I need on this diagram what are this wires for 1-3-7 I know 5 is ground for NATS antenna what the other ones are for '03 nissan 350z… read more
David Craig
David Craig
OWNER/MECHANIC
Associates
3,901 satisfied customers
I'm about to purchase a 96 Infiniti I30 but the seller says
I'm about to purchase a 96 Infiniti I30 but the seller says the car doesn't pass the emissions test in my county , that I may have to take it to another county for that to happen . … read more
Amedee
Amedee
Former ASE Master Tech
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
2,505 satisfied customers
GM tech only 2014 GMC Acadia truck drives very good and
GM tech only2014 GMC Acadiatruck drives very good and suddenly loses power and hisestate for a minute then start driving normally it shows the following codes P0137-00 P0157-00 P0300-00 P0132-00 C0561… read more
vwtech0405
vwtech0405
VW Technician
Associate Degree
8,868 satisfied customers
I am replacing a timing belt on a 2000 Volvo V70. I am
Second opinion] I am replacing a timing belt on a 2000 Volvo V70. I am worried that the intake cam has moved. The intake cam has variable valve timing and I would like to know how that is set. The hub… read more
Kevin
Kevin
workshop foreman /master tech/mot tester
0 satisfied customers
Today I unfortunately rear ended someone while driving. We
Today I unfortunately rear ended someone while driving. We both pulled off to the side and cordially spoke and gave information. He was driving a white pickup truck and appeared to be completely undam… read more
Toyota Service
Toyota Service
Toyota Dealership Service & CR Manager
1,344 satisfied customers
No start issue. Good fuel pump, fuses and relays, ignition
No start issue. Good fuel pump, fuses and relays, ignition module and coil … read more
Gabriel Grey
Gabriel Grey
Master Service Technician
Associates
158 satisfied customers
Change fuel filter now it wont start. It a duramx filter is
system slowed engine down said change filter then it shut .changed filter now it wont start … read more
Eric
Eric
Auto Technician
589 satisfied customers
After sending the car out for diagnostic check, my miata
After sending the car out for diagnostic check, my miata heater blows cold and the radiator is full. … read more
Jaybird61
Jaybird61
Master Automotive Mechanic
1,879 satisfied customers
Ignition control module on rodeo 2.6 if fail s obviously cut
Ignition control module on rodeo 2.6 if fail s obviously cut spark to plugs … read more
Jaybird61
Jaybird61
Master Automotive Mechanic
1,879 satisfied customers
I have a problem with my iPhone and my car computer. The
I have a problem with my iPhone and my car computer. The screen on my 2017 Honda Civic says I have an incoming call, but my phone is not even on. It's like the system got stuck on an incoming call ear… read more
Gabriel Grey
Gabriel Grey
Master Service Technician
Associates
158 satisfied customers
The air suspension is not working correctly, front air bags
Hi. the air suspension is not working correctly, front air bags are not filling and is now sitting on the wheel arches, the compressor kicks in and cuts out as normal but not inflating front bags … read more
David Craig
David Craig
OWNER/MECHANIC
Associates
3,901 satisfied customers
My rear muffler rusted out and fell off of my car. 166k not
I will be, Just not 100% sure what parts I need I know i need the rear muffler, but should I replace all the attaching hardware? Should I replace the whole muffler system at once? … read more
vwtech0405
vwtech0405
VW Technician
Associate Degree
8,868 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x