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The diagnosis ranges from not-so-bad to worse.
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Being kind to your car isn't necessary in this case.
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Don't skip a ground check when troubleshooting electrical gremlins.
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But do stop-start features wear out engine parts faster?
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Bill wants to stop the stop-start feature on his 2017 Cherokee before it wears out the starter and his patience. Is there an upside to this feature?
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Dave's '86 Toyota pickup truck turns over...and over...but is reluctant to start. Is a weak battery to blame, or something else?
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Bill's son is set to buy grandma's Accord, but the car seems alarmed at the prospect. What's causing the Honda to balk at starting when it's warm?
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Paul's Accord has a push button start that requires some coaxing. It's under warranty--but how it's handled at the service counter helps down the road.
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How much damage is done to the starter and other parts when you restart a car that's already running? Car Talk explains.