Starter starts right up when engine has set for a day and can be considered cold. When trying to restart later in the day, starter clicks but won't start until second attempt. Problem seems not to occur when engine is facing uphill (not entirely sure of this as it occurs irregularly).
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My suspicion is a starter going bad. Sometimes when starters get old and worn they will start good when the engine is cold but not when the engine is warmed up. Did you perhaps notice that lately is seemed to drag when you tried starting, especially warm or it seemed to crank a little slower? I'd replace the starter. Hope this helps.
you sure the engine isn't locked up can you manually turn engine?? try hitting the starter it may have a bad connections from a worn brush if by hitting it starts cranking you no the starter needs replacing.
check the connection to the starter located at the back of the engine (you have to get at it underneath), mine does the same thing i cleaned the connections and put some lube on the starter gear and it works like a charm now
if it doesnt even crank then its possible that your starter motor is damaged or maybe the battery. but if it is the battery you would at least hear a ticking noise when you start the engine. i would suggest to have it checked by a competent mechanic *** electrician to pinpoint the problem.
Yes continious cranking of an engine puts a big strain on a starter in any weather, but almost certainly in cold, it takes a lot of amps to turn an engine, It maybe the fuel is starting to freeze?, Maybe it's an electrical issue such as points, plugs timing, distributor cap, rotor arm inside the cap, maybe it's just settings