I drive a 2000 pathfinder. A few weeks ago I grabbed a couple gallons of gas from a place down the street because it was late and my usual spot was closed. Since then its been rough starting up. I can hear the starter but it takes several clicks for the engine to actually turn.
It seemed to improve after I filled up from my usual place & drove a while. But, it still takes an extra second or two to start. I regularly go to the down-the-street place for a few gallons to hold me over but I've never had this issue before. I dont know if this matters but their truck was there to restock the station as I got my gas.
Calling mechanic today to make an appointment for new tires & oil change so I'll talk to him about it, but just wondered if anyone has any insight. I try not to go in blind. I think I'll get some fuel injector cleaner but it just seems strange that this happened so suddenly, right after I got gas at this place. When i tried to find info online i mostly just found issues with starting on a full tank, which is not my experience. The issue persists whether full or near empty. Battery was replaced maybe 1.5-2 yr ago. I think i had spark plugs done about 1 yr ago.
The place in question is an Exxon now but they changed hands several times in the past year or two and I don't recall if they were already Exxon when this occured. We all still call it Noco even though it hasn't been that for some time 😅 But it's not some sketchy place it's in the middle of a suburb and gets a decent amount of business. But I'm the only one in my circle that goes here with any frequency so I have no one to compare experience to.
If anyone has insight as to what might be causing this issue, please let me know! Am I crazy for thinking their gas mightve just been bottom of the barrel bunk that night? If thats the case, shouldn't it be improved by now since i filled up at my usual place? What else might I be missing?