Do I need to run the car or something? A few times in the last week when I've tried to start it back up after driving somewhere it just turns over indefinitely but after waiting a minute I try again and it starts
You generally need to warm the engine up a bit before checking the oil to get an accurate read on the level. Plus it was probably a bogus thing to check for trouble starting anyway. I'd sooner be looking at battery voltage.
>>16669222 Describe trouble starting. Most of the time if your car has trouble turning over it's the battery or the starter. Sometimes it's more but this is the first place you want to start because it's the easiest to fix and it usually is the cause.
If your battery is more than 4-5 years old then it's the battery.
Pop into a mechanic to get a new oil filter and have your battery checked. They can look at the ODB code for the light while you're there. There might also be a fuel feed issue but that's later down the diagnostic line.
Car needs three things to start. Fuel, air, and spark. If it started, but had trouble starting I would start by checking the battery, then the alternator. If it isn't either one of those I'd check the fuel pump. If it wasn't any of those I'd take it to a shop.
Could also be a bad sensor. My car was having trouble starting when hot, turned out to be the engine speed sensor, but I also replaced the coolant temperature sensor, because on my car those are common to go bad.
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