2003 Ford Taurus, 49k miles, 3.0 OHV V6 (Vulcan).
It’s my daughter’s car, she’s away at college, so it only gets driven once a week at the most. For the last year or so when I turn the key to start, the starter starts to turn, hesitates for a second, and then turns over and starts the car. I’ve been assuming the battery was a little run down from sitting so much. There are no noises, clicking or grinding, just this slight hesitation. The battery terminals are clean.
Last night it wouldn’t start on the first try, I had to turn the key 2 to 3 times before the starter would turn the engine over. I took the battery to Advance Auto and it tested fine but needs a charge (~12.2V). I’m slow charging the battery with a Battery Tender so it’s going to take a while.
This hesitation, is it a sign of a failing starter?