I'd like to get some feedback on whether this is most likely a fuel pump or starter or other issue. My 2003 Ford Escape has about 83,000 miles on it and I've had very little trouble with it. A couple times lately, though, I've gone to start the thing, turn the ignition and nothing happens. The engine doesn't turn over, there's no clicking sound, nothing happens. The first time this happened, I tried to start it about three or four times, waited a minute or two and then the thing fired up fine.
I noticed that the low light fuel indicator was on - it had not been previously -- so I drove immediately to the gas station and put in 14.8 gallons. The thing has a 15 gallon tank. When restarting the vehicle, the ignition hesitated a couple seconds and then worked. Over the next couple days, the ignition would hesitate a bit -- but less and less each time -- and then kick in. After a couple days everything seemed back to normal.
So I thought that this was related to having the gas so low, although how the gas got that low without the warning light coming on is still a mystery.
Yesterday, the car started fine and I drove about 4 miles to my breakfast place. I was there about 45 minutes and the Escape started fine. I decided to stop for a newspaper about a mile down the road, came out and the car wouldn't start. Again with the dead silence. This time there was about 3/4 of a tank of gas, so it's not low fuel. Again I waited a minute or two, tried again, and after some hesitation the thing started.
Today it started fine.
I'm in a bit of hurt if this thing doesn't start for me. So what should I expect the mechanic to tell me when I take it in? Or is there something else I should do first? I'm reasonably intelligent, but cars aren't my strong point.