Wanted to ask about a pattern that seems to be emerging, just hoping it isn't an incredibly naive question.
Basically, my 147 Sport (1.6 TS) failed to start first, second or third time this morning. Starter motor sounded healthy and she was trying to turn over... barely, then she spluttered into life and I managed to rev her a little until she was idling stable.
This has happened before, a few months ago during the really cold snap we had in the UK. Same symptoms, but eventually starting up then behaving as normal.
It occured to me this morning that both times this has happened have been the morning after I have started the car for a very brief period of time the night before.
First time I hadn't used the car for 4 days so started her up for like 2-3 seconds on a Sunday night just to make sure the battery hadn't frozen in the -13 weather. Monday morning comes round, nada. Takes 4 attempts to start.
Second time, last night/this morning, I had been cleaning her all day (getting all the sodding salt and crap off) before rolling her into the garage last night. This morning, 4 attempts to start.
So... starting the engine for around 5/6 seconds, then leaving it = bad? Well known phenomenon?
Or am I clutching at straws here and its just a coincidence