99 Mazda 626 4 Cyl Auto- Occasionally it will not start right away. It will just turn over and over without starting. Battery is strong. Then, once I hear the fuel pump come on, it will start. When I do not hear the fuel pump come on and have tried to start it a few times unsuccessfully, I merely "bump" the key / ignition until the fuel pump cycles on, then it will start right up. This has worked every time so far. This started happening intermittently about 6 months ago. At first we didn't bump but just continued trying to spin it over and over and over. Sometimes it would take 20-30 minutes of trying at intervals before it would fire.
Another item: Sometimes you will turn the key and nothing - no power, no clicking, nothing - then turn the key off completely and then try again and all is normal - this may be unrelated as they usually do not happen together but started during the same time period.
Thanks for any help.
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 AT 4:57 AM