this sounds the exact same problem i had a few months back
about once a month my car would refuse to start, and eventually start on the 2nd-4th attempt then drive fine as normal n start fine as normal till about a month later
first port of call was the battery, took it to halfrauds to get the battery tested n it was only showing about 60% start power or whatever it was n it was the original ford battery that was put in 7 years ago.
thought i may as well buy a new battery n trumped for top of the range bosch silver
month later, car doesnt start :mellow: so it wasn't the battery that was the problem
ran a can off bg44k through me pipes n the car has started beautifully first time every time and its been several months since i had starting problems now so it would appear me pipes was just clogged up
its worth trying it yourself n see if its the same for you. cant tell whether you have a petrol or diesel but if it's a petrol you need bg44k n if its diesel you need bg244k
what i will also say though is about a month ago my engine management light came on 2 occasions about a week apart. i had a diagnostic done and it spat put fault code p2303 which relates to the coil pack
the coil pack going can also cause the car not to start and can also cause misfire as well as making the eml come on
it can be a cheap fix though as the coil pack is only 30quid for genuine bosch on ebay which is the same as what ford use
so in the near future i will be purchasing a new coil pack n fitting that also
get yourself one of these then
same link i used. cant do any harm n you may find this will solve your starting problems
it may be worth getting a diagnostic done as well though to see if there are any fault codes
i did it on a full tank but used a bit first to make room for it if you get what i mean?
actually what i did was i filled up, then i had to drive from nottingham to birmingham anyway so i drove an hour to birmingham, this made more than enough room for the bg44k n i poured the whole can in my tank when i got there
really though just doing a few miles will make enough room for it
then i just drove the car as normal n ran the tank down to a quarter n filled up again as normal. this is more than enough to give the bg44k a good flush through the pipes n i've had no starting problems since. i'm sure it must be nearly half a year ago now n like i said its started first time every time even in harsh weather like we having now
any time buddy
glad i could be of service
If you bought the car fairly recently its possible the engine was steam cleaned, sometimes water / detergent can get where it shouldn't, eg the starter motor perhaps. Just a thought...
stange thing is i took it out twice last night, i used my other key and this time put foot down on the clutch when starting and it was fine.no problems whatsoever. could it be the car still thinks its fairly warm and doesn't give enough petrol?