I think my car hates me. It cranks and won’t start but only when I’m alone. When I call a mechanic it works just fine.
This first happened 3 years ago. The car wouldn’t start although I tried cranking it over 10 times. It cranked fine (didn’t struggle) but the engine wouldn’t start. I called a mechanic who showed up an hour later and when he tried it it started right away. The mechanic apologized but said he couldn’t do anything about it as everything seemed to work properly. That was a well spent $100.
The car has been working fine ever since until a couple of weeks ago when the same thing happened. It would crank but wouldn’t start. I called a mechanic and sure enough it worked like a charm when they showed up. Since engine light was not on and the car started the mechanic apologized but said there’s nothing he could do. Another $100.
However, the problem started happening regularly lately. The car won’t start when I first get in but then, after 10 minutes or so, it starts.
It is not a battery problem. I had a battery replaced. I read online that I should see if my lights work when the key is in the first position only, and they do. Allegedly, I should take that as a sign that it isn’t battery.
I am really annoyed by the problem and I want to resolve it before the issue escalates but I am reluctant to take it to a mechanic again because I don’t want to keep paying mechanics so that they can tell me it all seems alright to them.
What should I do?