As of about a week ago my Cobalt has developed a starting problem. It still starts, but has to crank for roughly 5 seconds before the engine turns over. There are no strange noises, only a prolonged cranking period. Once running, for even a few seconds, I can shut off the engine and every subsequent start is normal unless the car sits for an hour or so. Does this sound like a classic starter problem? I’ve read that a bad electrical connection can also cause starting issues, but don’t think any other part is complex enough to behave like this (i.e. function normally when “hot”.) BTW, my car is a manual transmission, and I had the ignition switch replaced not too many years ago as part of the infamous Cobalt ignition switch/airbag recall.
Should I just jump in replace the starter or is it worth looking elsewhere first? I am mechanically inclined but this is my first time troubleshooting a starter problem. Thanks!