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Old 01-12-2013, 04:20 PM   #1
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very weird start problem

in the last 2 weeks, my car wont start in the first try.

- i scanned the car for errors or trouble cods - nothing there.
- the battery inst new, but still have "juice". the Vdroop while starting is around 9V. when the car off - 12.5V, when turned on - ~14.5.
- the starter working great, i cant hear any missing tooth or gear problem, and there is no fading - the battery do the work.
- it isn't fuel problem. i tried different gas stations.
- statistically, it happen more with the door open (internal light - on)
- in the second try - the car start immediately. (every time)
- it happen ~ once a day.

i'm not sure, but what do you think about current leakage? (i have nothing except the OEM alarm)

i have no clue what to look for. please - help me.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:35 PM   #2
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Let me get my "Easy Button" sounds like a classic ignition switch issue... The tell-tale sign is the dashboard illumination. When it doesn't start you will be missing one or two dashboard luminaries...
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:30 AM   #3
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i cant find any missing dashboard luminaries,

there is something else that cause this problem?
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