Keep turning engine over taking key in and out suddenly it will fire up ok. also can stop engine then when comming to restart it will start and then die. try again and it will run ok. driving me up the wall.help
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Sounds like the engine oil is quite thick when cold so you probably need to check the last time the oil was changed along with the filter.once it gets slightly warm the engine takes less cranking amps to turn over so it will start quicker.
If you're certain you have spark then try the starting fluid again strait into the throttle body with someone immediately starting it. Your compression may be another issue to look at but this is uncommon to stop you while running down the road. You might want to check the compression though. Take off a valve cover to confirm that the valves are still moving to help rule out a broken timing chain.
Are you getting any fire to the plugs? It could be the coil, ignition module, or even a broken or slipped timing belt. How many miles does the car have? Have you had starting problems in the past, or did it just stop working suddenly?
Take it to a mechanic. This has happened to me on two separate occasions due to different malfunctionings. My first encounterance with this problem ( shutting down while driving), turned out to be a malfunctioning crank sensor in the engine. The problem was"fixed" after I took it to a mechanic and replaced that. Btw, it took them a long time to figure out that was the problem. A Few years later to about 2 months ago, my car had the same problem again. Only this time, the problem was with the fuel injection system. So I ended up having to replace the whole fuel pump assembly at the dealership, which was quite costly.
So, take it to a mechanic to pinpoint the problem. It can be a several number os things.