1992 Ford Tempo wont start

Tiny
MIKEB402
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  • 1992 FORD TEMPO
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 100,000 MILES
Hello,
For the past three months, every time that my first trip of the day is short ( a few miles or less), when I return to the car to start it, it will not start. Usually I will continue to try to start it 5-15 times and it will start then. There is no noise when I try to start it. Also, sometimes I need to turn the key and then step on the gas to start it
After this, no matter where I drive for the rest of the day, it does not happen. If the first trip of the day was long (6+ miles), this does not happen.
Last night, upon returning home from work, it took over a half an hour to start it. It usually takes 3 minutes or less. Today, I drove about one mile, and upon trying to restart the car, it would not start.
Any thoughts on what this might be?
Also, I do not know if this is relevant, but last night and today the temperature is much cooler than it has been in recent months.
Thanks,
Mike
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Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 AT 10:22 PM

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Tiny
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When you say no noise when you try top start it do you mean dash warning lights come on but starter makes no noise? And there is no hum from back seat of fuel pump running?
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Monday, October 4th, 2010 AT 2:38 PM
Tiny
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Actually, it makes a noise- I have no idea what a fuel pump sounds like, what I am trying to say is that it does not make the normal grinding starting noises- I hear a low monotone kind of motorish sound followeed by a click- thanks for replying
oh yes- all the dash lights come on
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Monday, October 4th, 2010 AT 5:20 PM
Tiny
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The fuel pump is right under back seat middle and makes a hum whirr noise for a couple secs if you just turn key to dash warning lights on. Of course if you turn key all the way starter is supposed to engage and grind as you say? Also some under dash relays may make ckick sound. Starter relay under hood makes fairly loud click also. But you dont hear click when starter works properly.
Your starter relay is under hood on top of drivers inner fender wall. The small wire with rubber boot is from your ignition switch. You can unplug and run another wire from hot on battery to this post and toouch and starter should grind away. If not you will at least hear a loud click as this selenoid clamps. If no click make sure 2 small base attachment mount screws to fender wall are clean and tight. If still no click it's bad. If click but no start then starter is suspect. Brushes are probably worn and causing intermittent/unreliable contact. If it works out there but not in car with key then ignition switch/wire is suspect. You should also first make sure battery posts connections are clean/shiny and tight. They can either be powdery/chalky when bad or just have a black coating that blocks good contact.
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Monday, October 4th, 2010 AT 9:56 PM

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