2.5L Ranger hesitates upon start
Lately I have noticed the oddest thing on my 2001 2.5L Ranger (Manual Trans, 59k miles). When trying to start the engine cold, I encountered a few unexpected situations, primarily:
1) Rare, but on at least 3 occasions, you would just hear the "click" but no turn-over. Pressed the clutch a few times and after several more tries, it would eventually turn over.
2) More recently and quite frequently now, the truck will start but the first "turn" hesitates after the key is turned (hard to explain somehow). As if there was some resistance or not enough power to the starter. It should crank "full force" right from turning the key - well it doesn't; there's always this little hesitation first and only if the engine is cool.
The battery is original but shows full charge and is in overall great shape. Has anyone else encountered this strange behaviour and can offer any explanation to what it might be?
Thanks for any suggestions. I have a 60k-mile service coming up and would like to intelligently explain this to the mechanic.
Many thanks ~ Moe