I have a 1997 Nissan Maximum with 108000 miles. In the past couple of months, I have had intermittent trouble starting the car. Sometimes it starts perfectly at the first crank, sometimes it starts but with a little missing first then cranking gets sluggish and slow, to the point where the starter makes the "ratcheting" sound as if battery was dead. Then after waiting 5 minutes, tried again and it started just fine. Very strange. Had battery and alternator checked. All is good. Dealer can't reproduce problem so they can't explain what is wrong. They suggested it might be short in ignition wiring but can't gaurantee they will ever diagnose. They also suggested towing in at the 1st sign of difficulty, but that could be expensive and huge inconvenience if I'm long distance away (!)
I can't see any pattern - hot engine, cold engine makes no difference. Once started it runs well.
Thursday, January 9th, 2020 AT 11:48 AM