The service manual in my car says that I should wait for 15 second before trying to crank the engine a second time. So does this website.
make sure not to crank the engine for more than 15 seconds at a time. Current going through the armature may overheat parts, damage internal components and ruin the starter. Crank the engine 5 to 7 seconds at a time and let the starter cool down for a few seconds after three or four tries.
When I'm on a steep slope (facing upward and at a just-turned-green signal), trying to start the engine, with people honking behind me, the first attempt at cranking the engine works and I try to accelerate, but let go of the clutch too quickly, and car stops. Now I can't sit and wait for a full 15 second before trying to start the car again!
This wait-for-15-second rule seems too impractical. Did I misinterpret it or can I try starting the car before 15 second?