96 Regal won't start


#1

My 96 Regal, 3.8l engine, fails to start about 1 time in 10. The starter turns everything over normally bu the engine won’t catch. I have found if I then wait 3-4 minutes it will start right up. I’ve wondered if having the air conditioner on to start with makes a difference. Sometimes I have hit the accelerator before turning the key and that seems to cause it not to start, but sometimes if fails to start when I haven’t hit the accelerator first. It has only stopped once in traffic. Any ideas?


#2

Ensure the fuel filter has been changed, in recent memory. I think the problem is in the ignition switch. The ignition switch is two parts: the lock cylinder, and the switch part (the part with the wires attached). The bad part would be the switch part with the wires attached.


#3

There are several sensors and electronic items that could cause the symptoms you describe. Yes, it could be the switch, but the 1:10 ratio makes me think otherwise. You’re going to have to get it checked out by a competant local shop. Look for “The mechanix files” right on this website for a good shop near you.