2009 Honda CRV - Struggles to start on cold days

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#1

My 2009 Honda CRV struggles to start on very cold days. I need to hold the key and turn it longer than I would on most days. Is this something I should be concerned about or is it normal.



Thanks,



Jenn


#2

How much longer?

How often do you drive it?


#3

I drive it everyday. and it seems like 30 secs longer and it only happens first thing in the morning on a very cold days. I would say when it is in the teens or lower.


#4

30 seconds is a little extreme, yeah.

What’s it sound like when it’s turning over? Slow? Like it’s hard for it to actually turn over? Have you had your battery checked?


#5

It sounds like it is struggling to turn over. The car just pasted inspection in November and no concerns with the battery where noted.


#6

Doubtful they did a very good inspection on the battery, especially since your car was probably running for the other inspection tests, and so even if they took a voltage reading it would have been high since it would have been being charged by the alternator. I’d have it specifically tested. Battery/parts stores can generally do this for you, usually for free.

I suspect that your battery is weak, and batteries always get more weak in cold temperatures, so an already weak one would have trouble when the thermometer dips.


#7

…especially if one does a lot of short-trip local driving.


#8

My rule of thumb is not to crank the starter more than 10 seconds at a shot. Cranking for longer is a recipe for starter failure. Leave it overnight on a cold night at the dealer so they can diagnose the assumed problem in the am, as 30 seconds is way too long.