Car won’t start, then starts, then quits again

When trying to start my car this morning, it was dead. All of the lights were working fine. I jump-started it and went on to work. 5 ½ hours later it started, with no problem. Then, around seven hours after having been parked, it was once again dead. The lights and all other things are still working well. Tomorrow, I should have the battery tested – or it might be the alternator. In your professional opinion, do you think it is the battery or alternator or something else?
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Hello. It sounds more like a battery not accepting a charge for your 2009 Kia Rondo. Generally an alternator will illuminate the battery light in the dash to indicate no charging occurring, but a mechanic should be able to verify this. One last thing to consider if both the battery and charging system test fine is the possibility of a parasitic draw taking down the battery though it would have to be quite a draw to take down a battery in 7 hours. You could consult a mechanic, such as one form YourMechanic, to perform the testing before following through with a battery replacement.

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Here are some reasons why your car battery won`t hold a charge after a successful jump start: The car wasn`t driven long enough for the battery to recharge fully. The vehicle charging system has a problem, like a bad alternator or voltage regulator. An electrical system was left on, draining the battery.
What if your car won`t jump-start? First, try running the other engine for five more minutes before trying again to start yours. If your car still doesn`t start, you may need a new battery — or it could be a sign of a more serious problem.
The most common reasons a Kia Rondo won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.
Bad Spark Plug Or Broken Distributor Cap/Rotor

If you have a good battery and enough fuel in the gas tank and your car still won`t start, chances are you have a bad spark plug. Why? A bad spark plug will prevent fuel ignition, and the vehicle won`t move.

It is possible in some cases to jumpstart a vehicle that has a faulty alternator, as long as the battery has enough of a charge to keep running. However, the alternator should be replaced as soon as possible.
If the battery is weak or has a low charge, it may not have enough power to turn the engine over, even with a jump start. In this case, you`ll need to replace the battery to get your car running again.
Check the fuel level. With the ignition switch in the LOCK position, check all connectors at the ignition coils and spark plugs. Reconnect any that may be disconnected or loose.
Broken Starter: If you`ve put your key in the ignition and hear a clicking noise when trying to turn the key then your starter has likely gone bad. Clogged Fuel Filter: If everything else in your vehicle feels fine but you`ve found yourself with trouble starting the car, you might have a clogged fuel filter.
If you hear a whine or the sound goes fuzzy when you hit the gas, your alternator is probably failing. If the vehicle won`t crank or start but the headlights are still working, look to problems with the starter or other parts of the engine.
An effective method to determine whether it`s your battery or alternator that`s gone bad is to connect jumper cables from a running vehicle`s battery to yours. After a few moments, try starting your vehicle. Once it`s started, remove the jumper cables — if your engine stalls, your alternator has probably gone bad.
If your alternator fails when you`re far from home, you can typically drive up to 200 miles on battery power alone. That`s assuming your battery is in good shape and fully charged. Of course, it`s best to get the alternator repaired or replaced as soon as you can.
Jumper cables can be a lifesaver, literally! However, when you use jumper cables to start your vehicle, you are placing a tremendous strain on your vehicle`s alternator and battery.
How many times can a car battery be jump-started? It`s OK to jump-start a battery using another car once, but you shouldn`t try to crank it more than three or four times in a row if the dead car isn`t starting, according to Pep Boys.
You should expect jumpstarting a dead battery to take five minutes, but in harsh conditions, it could take up to thirty minutes to jumpstart your car. You need to drive for at least fifteen minutes after a jumpstart to fully recharge the battery.
Getting a new battery for your car is unnecessary since you have to jump-start it. A car battery can last long after being jump-started, but only if the alternator keeps it charged. If your battery is five years old or more, you should get a new one to prevent it from giving you trouble again and again.
The most common reason a car might need to be jump-started is a weak or dead car battery. This is what most drivers run into, especially in cold weather. Other problems that could require a jump start are malfunctions in the starter or alternator, dirty spark plugs, and clogged fuel lines.

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My car will not start Intermittently. I purchased a new battery 2 weeks ago and yesterday the car wouldn’t start. Got a jump and
ANSWER : The issue you are having is probably due to an intermittent fault in the starter motor itself or a deficiency in the starter electrical circuit, for example a large voltage drop due to a poor ground or a high resistance connection. These issues can be readily diagnosed and resolved on a mobile basis if you request a hard starting diagnostic. If you request that diagnostic, the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you promptly. Based on Toyota’s Factory Service Manual, the battery should not be disconnected if the vehicle engine is running. The battery acts as a large resistive voltage sink and consequently taking the battery out of the circuit, while the alternator is still running, can create a voltage spike on the car’s electrical system which is not good for voltage sensitive components such as the engine computer. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Car won’t start. The check engine light, battery light, and oil change light are coming on. I tried jumping the car and nothing happened. Why won’t my car start?
ANSWER : Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. If sometimes your vehicle will start with the new alternator and sometimes it won’t, then there is a loose connection in your charging system. Check all of the wires to the alternator and to the battery. Make sure that the battery cables are clean and tight. Make sure that the wires to the starter are clean and tight. A loose ground to the ignition system will cause the vehicle to not crank over. Check all of the ground wires from the battery to the starter. Make sure that they are clean and tight. If you need further assistance troubleshooting your no start situation, then seek out a technician, such as one from Your Mechanic, that can assist you.

The car crank but won’t start
ANSWER : Hi there. This does sound like an issue with the wiring. If the check engine light is coming on every now and then this means that when it does not come on there is no power to the computer. This can be the wiring harness issue or an ignition switch problem. I would have to test for voltage to the computer when the problem is occurring to be able to find where the issue lies. If you need assistance, a certified YourMechanic technician can be dispatched to your location to inspect your vehicle’s non-start issue and suggest any necessary repairs.

Map sensor car won’t start up good ?
ANSWER : Your MAP sensor is an important input for your computer. It helps determine the load on the engine to calculate the correct amount of fuel to inject. It sometimes takes a few seconds for the vehicle to realize that the sensor is not producing a good signal.

At that point, it will use other methods to determine the fuel rate, such as pre-programmed fuel maps, throttle position, etc. I would suggest replacing the MAP sensor and retesting. If you would like to have it checked first, a certified technician from YourMechanic will be able to scan your vehicle and test components to determine the root cause of your starting issue before making a repair.

My car won’t start, neither does my auto. Start. Sometime it might start if I jump it sometimes it won’t.
ANSWER : Hi there. There are a number of issues that will make a car hard to start. Everything from the electrical system to the fuel system to the actual starter itself can be the problem. Finding the root cause of a hard starting engine can take some investigation. Ignoring a hard starting issue can further damage the vehicle, which will often result in a more expensive repair. You might want to have a mobile mechanic complete a car is hard to start inspection so they can pinpoint the source of the issues you’re having and recommend the right repairs be completed.

Whenever I drive 1.5 miles, the s3 light starts blinking and then when I stop my car and come back to it, the car won’t start.
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. It is difficult to determine the issue without some more information. To start, when the check engine light illuminates, you want to scan the vehicle for diagnostic codes. These are what set the check engine light off, and are meant to tell the driver what the computer has detected is wrong. Codes can be pulled at most automotive parts stores, and by most technicians. Once you have that information you can focus in on one component or system. If the engine is truly overheating, then you want to start by checking your coolant and fluid levels. For more help with diagnosing and resolving the issue, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

So I have a hyundai sonata se push to start. My car won’t turn on, power is working, I push tof start but it won’t crank. I don’t
ANSWER : Hi there. It sounds like you have a failed starter. However, without proper testing there is no way to be 100% sure. I suggest having the battery tested first with a digital battery tester that provides current voltage, cold cranking amps, and state of health. Also inspect for corrosion on the terminals and cables as this will cause excessive resistance and not allow proper voltage/amps to the starter. Other possible failures could be in the wiring harness, relay, fuses, or communication network. I suggest having a qualified technician perform an inspection to avoid replacing unnecessary parts. Your Mechanic has several available technicians that can assist you with a car does not start inspection.

car hesitates when trying to start the car ,but when started then i shut car off and start again it will start right up
ANSWER : Hi there:

Sometimes when you have problems starting an engine initially it is caused by a restriction in fuel flow; caused either by clogged fuel injectors or the throttle body that needs to be cleaned. Once the fuel starts to flow and engine warms up, it’s much easier to start. However, it could also be an air filter, EGR valve or other components that causes this issue as well, which is why it’s best to have a professional mobile mechanic complete a car is hard to start inspection so they can pinpoint the source of this issue.