John Paul, aka “the Car Doctor,” answers readers’ car-related questions.
John Paul, aka “the Car Doctor,” answers readers’ car-related questions.

Q. I have a 2013 Camry SE V6 and it performs beautifully except for one thing; it is equipped with push button start and does not always start the first time. Sometimes it takes three or four tries. The engine does not continue to crank, it tries to catch and then dies. This only happens occasionally and when I took it to the dealer, they could find nothing wrong. I do think I keep enough pressure on the brake while starting. I have noticed what might be a trend; it seems to happen more when the car has been driven, is shut off for a short time and then re-started, like when I stop for gas.

A. Although the problem could be related to the push button starting system, I would look at the basics first. This is a classic example of “hot-soak” where an engine doesn’t want to start right away when the engine is warm and it is allowed to sit for a few minutes. I would continue to make the dealer aware of when and where the starting issue happens to allow proper diagnostics and repairs. Currently I am not aware of any known problems with your Camry.

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