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How many 'cranks' or seconds does it take for your CRUZE to start? Do you need to repeat the process. I have never seen a car that will start within a fraction of a second, can't even hear the starter motor when applied. Does the CRUZE use a Starter unique to this model. What about the Diesel CRUZE, how quickly do they turn over?
 

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Running the instant I hit the start position on the ignition, well maybe a few milliseconds later. Even in subzero weather. If it doesn't, it needs TLC.

2012 2LT with a manual transmission.
 

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Within a second. I flick start and let go - gives me problems with my wife's Solara where you have to hold the key in the start position.
 

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I push a button and it starts instantly. lol
 

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When warm my 9C1 could start with only a blip of the key. Say a quarter revolution of the engine.
 
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I had only one morning last winter where it was -27C (-16F) and my diesel cranked for about 3 seconds before it started. That was the only time it has ever taken more than a second. Starts very well.
 

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It starts pretty quick. I just touch the button and it goes. I think it's about "rrr rrr" run. Maybe a half second.
 

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Ive had a few days where it took a second or two. Could really tell it was working to start. I had just finished my audio upgrades and the battery may have been a little low, but besides that, it usually is no problem!
 

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I had only one morning last winter where it was -27C (-16F) and my diesel cranked for about 3 seconds before it started. That was the only time it has ever taken more than a second. Starts very well.
Haha yeah, not worried about it starting when it's that cold but does crank a little longer.
 

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The Diesel seems to take a crank or two even when hot to start. When sub-zero it takes a couple seconds.
 

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I'd guess my Cruze spins for a one onethousand count.....maybe a touch more.

I'm fine with this.....in my head, I know the oil pressure is coming up before it starts.....makes me happy.

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I've never really paid attention to mine. Like I said before, in the cold it cranks a bit but normally I don't notice it and that imo is a good thing.
 

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Where oh where did me cruzen go . Oh where oh where could IT be ....

Oh yeah I visited IT the other day and the owner was Not Me .........................................................................................................................
 

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Well it did take it a bit longer to start when I left my Cruze at an airport for two weeks, battery was stone dead. Had to use the key to get in and when the alarm didn't go off, that was a sign of a problem. So had to wait for AAA to show up for a boost, and was a tense drive home. Needed gas, but cheated by not turning the engine off.

A good design is where you can take a lab type supply and slowly increase the voltage to the operating point, solid state tends to go crazy, transistors that should be off are on because there is insufficient voltage to turn them off. And they can even burn up.

Assuming if the battery voltage does get a little low, some circuits will go crazy discharging the battery at a much faster rate, so much for low voltage protection. A good power supply design for a 5 volt output can be as low as 6 volts, 9 volts is more the norm for circuits going crazy. And always hot for convenience never was a good idea. Remote entry and anti-thief is always drawing current, and using the BCM to control everything, can switch stuff on if that voltage gets low. Augmenting the discharge of the battery.

Is this too complicated? You are darn right if you think so. Too dang complicated, never was a problem before using a real ignition switch, only the head lamps were always hot, but also had a real switch if you were half awake to switch them off. Turn off the ignition switch, radio is still playing, but depends on a contact from one of the doors to trigger the BCM to switch it off.

Left vehicles at an airport for over six weeks and started right up, add this to the history books, ha, don't worry about parking fees, my company paid for this. But back then airport parking was either free or at most a buck a day, add this to your history books.

A 116 year old problem is carbon in the gas, top tier is BS, while double platinum spark plugs last a lot long, still get carbon build up on that center electrode insulator that shorts the spark back to ground. Still have to clean them every 15K miles, sign is taking one for two engine revolutions to start it. Time to clean the plugs, one reason why I love the Cruze, a fun job.

Ha, a 61 Plymouth Fury like this one that took over a half a day to replace those 8 spark plugs, couldn't reach them from the top nor the bottom, with a long wrench was a 32nd of a turn for each one.



Have a spark plug cleaner that blasts them with ground walnut shells, get rid of that carbon without any damage to the plug surfaces.

Still have problems.
 

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1 whum-chum of the starter and she's running. I reckon this motors tiny enough you could start it with a pull string if the battery's dead.

Not as quick as an old carb car on a hot start though. Blip the key and those are turning instantly.
 

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I had only one morning last winter where it was -27C (-16F) and my diesel cranked for about 3 seconds before it started. That was the only time it has ever taken more than a second. Starts very well.
We had a morning like that last year and the fuel gelled. Had to wait till later for my sister in law to come over, drive us to Meijer so we could pick up some Diesel 911.

They must've not added enough anti-gel to the diesel.

It was in the negatives a good few other mornings too, just not as cold, and it'd take a few good rotations, but it'd eventually start. From then on, we just parked it in the garage overnight if it was going to be that cold.

Or normal cold mornings (not frigid Artic temps) it's pretty much an instant start, since it has glow plugs.
 
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