Starting trouble

starting
start
mazda
protege

#1

I have a 1997 Mazda Protege. From last winter it started giving occasional starting trouble, especially on the not-so-cold days. Here is what happens:



When I turn the ignition, say early in the morning, it cranks and sounds like spark is delivered, but does not turn over. If a little gas is applied briefly the car will turn over and idle like it should , but this happens only rarely. More often, I have to hold down the gas pedal for a while (sometimes ~ 2 minutes or so) before it can idle on its own. This kind of behavior happens ivariably on mildly cold days (e.g. a mild winter or a rainy day in boston). If the car has been resting for less than a couple of hours it will start normally even on a cold/wet day. On warmer / dry weather days it starts normally even the first time in the morning.



Any ideas whats going on ? Battery is less than 10 months old.


#2

The first thing I would do is replace the spark plug wires. Old wires can cause starting troubles, especially in wet weather. You say the car starts fine on warm, dry days.


#3

yes it does start at the first attempt on warm, dry days, thanks for the response