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I have a 2005 Spectra5 with 64k miles on it. Of late it has been having starting problems. The motor will turn over the first try, but spitters and sputters instead of catching. So far it has started right up on the second turn of the key each time. If the car has not been sitting long it tends to start fine also. The battery is fairly new and tested fine. Once the car starts it seems to run fine. What might be going on? thanks
 

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Try removing the gas cap before starting the car...The fuel system has a carbon canister and a "purge valve" that is part of the "emission control system". It is supposed to "catch" the gas fumes and then release them into the engine to be burned on the next restart. There is another thread in the Spectra area called "07 spectra turns over but is hard to start" with problems very similar to yours.
These cars have been pretty "bullet proof" but this may be a sign of a new problem to watch..
Have you pulled any codes from the ECM ?? Visit AutoZone... They will do it for free.

BTW... have you replaced the timing/cam belt yet??? You are past due on years (5yrs) and just over the 60k miles... I say this as if the belt breaks or looses teeth you will more than likely destroy the engine...
Dave
 

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Try removing the gas cap before starting the car...The fuel system has a carbon canister and a "purge valve" that is part of the "emission control system". It is supposed to "catch" the gas fumes and then release them into the engine to be burned on the next restart. There is another thread in the Spectra area called "07 spectra turns over but is hard to start" with problems very similar to yours.
These cars have been pretty "bullet proof" but this may be a sign of a new problem to watch..
Have you pulled any codes from the ECM ?? Visit AutoZone... They will do it for free.

BTW... have you replaced the timing/cam belt yet??? You are past due on years (5yrs) and just over the 60k miles... I say this as if the belt breaks or looses teeth you will more than likely destroy the engine...
Dave
Thanks for the reply. I have a code reader, and it is not pulling anything. I recently had the full 60k service done at a dealer, and they did replace the timing belt, thanks. I have had several problems since then, including leaking brake fluid because they did not close a bleeder valve somewhere and an H02 sensor light coming on because they knocked the harness loose. Speaking of which, will leaving the gas cap off cause the H02S check engine light to come on? I remember when I first bought this car the check engine light came on every time I filled the tank if I did not crank the cap on as tightly as possible.

It has been extremely hot here lately - mid 90's to over 100 - wonder if that would effect the emission control system?
 
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