I recently bought a 2001 b2300 Mazda 2x4 manual.
It has a starting issue that has happened 2 times out of the 10 that I have started it. Sometimes the engine just cranks and cranks and never seems to fire. after a few tries of cycling the key on and off it starts and runs with no issues. I start it in neutral with the e brake on, and clutch in. I am wondering if there is any little trick for the 2.3 Duratec engine. Some other considerations I have are:
Truck has sub and amp behind seat. The sub powers up a few seconds after truck is started. No capacitor installed, but is the amp drawing too much power and not allowing spark to fire?
The battery light also flickers when the engine cranks over. I was also thinking that a ground could be lose and reducing the contact to the spark.
Another possibility would be that an injector could be sticking and dumping remaining fuel from rail into cylinder. Upon start up it may be reading too rich and pump having to prime system. I should smell the oil to see if gas smell exists there.
Anyone have any other ideas? I'll mess with it tomorrow. Any help would be appreciated.