The way you described starting (clicking, cranking, almost locking up then turning) makes me question if coolant is getting into the cylinders and causing a hydrostatic lock. Also, ignition timing can cause a similar problem. If the timing is set too far advanced, the spark ignites the fuel in the combustion chamber too early trying to stop the piston from reaching TDC. As a result, it sounds like it locks for a second then turns again.
Sorry, it's hard to explaine. I hope that it helps.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 AT 2:26 AM