I drive a 97 Subaru Legacy. The engine was resealed with mostly new parts within the last 6 months. The oil was changed recently. The battery is 2 years old.
Normally I get NO TROUBLE, ever, whatsoever, with starting this car. Ever. Period.
Since the temperature dropped abruptly the past few days though, up here in Boston, suddenly my car is taking 3-5 attempts before the engine turns over. As soon as I put the key in, all the lights turn on-- the battery seems to be fine-- and if the car runs for a little while and is then turned off, it starts again effortlessly. It's just the cold start that's a problem.
Wwhen I first turn the key, it just clicks. Same with the second try. The third try usually gets a brief sound from the engine, and the 4th or 5th is successful.
What can I do to combat this? What could be wrong? Is there a solution? I didn't have this problem last winter. And new cars don't have this problem at all.