What does it mean when your car takes a second to start?

My car has been reliable for the last few years, but in the last week, it’s taken longer to start than usual. It sounds like it’s struggling a bit, though it eventually fires up. What does it mean when your car takes a bit to start?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Many different issues could make your car start up slowly. Pinpointing the issue isn’t always easy, but knowing some of the issues can help you troubleshoot the situation. Some of the reasons behind your car taking a second to start include:
  • Your car needs a tuneup
    . When spark plugs or the air filter get dirty, it can cause your battery to take longer to start.
  • The weather is just causing your battery to crank more slowly.
  • The car’s battery is about to die. Take it to an auto parts store to get it tested.
  • The car’s starter is about to die.
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