My 2002 Oldsmobile Alero (3.4L V6) has developed this issue where it will only start with starting fluid when it is cold, but once it starts it runs normally, and it will start up just fine if it is still warm. It feels like it still has all of the power it had prior to this issue, and it handled my 20 mile drive to work just fine. There are no new engine codes or anything like that.
I do live in Iowa, so when I say cold start, we’re talking single digits to low teens.
If I crank it without starting fluid in when it’s cold, it sounds like a normal crank, but the engine doesn’t feel like it’s getting close to turning over. As soon as I use the starting fluid, it’ll chug for a second and then fire up.