I have a '91 E150 with the inline 6 engine. Lately I've been having an
intermittent problem starting it. Sometimes when I try to start it, the
starter is really sluggish... the engine turns, pauses, turns, pauses,
turns, pauses, like it doesn't have enough power to keep turning the engine
over at a constant speed.
I put a new battery in probably 3 or 4 months ago, so I doubt that is the
problem, but I will check to be sure. The last time it was really a problem
I had been driving it for 30 minutes or so, turned it off for 10 minutes,
then it would barely turn over when I tried to start it back up. Then
yesterday I went out to see if it would start and it started right up, no
problems at all. However, I have noticed it being sluggish when the engine
is cold, so I don't think it's isolated to hot-starting conditions.
Any ideas? Should I just yank the starter out and get it checked? Since
this problem is intermittent, would they be able to tell anything by
checking the starter?
thanks for any help you can provide,