Random Start issue
Ford Escape 2003 with 96k miles. Needed a new battery. One week after replacing the battery(at the dealer) I started having random issues with starting my Escape.
It sounds like it wants to start but when it sounds like it's starting to turn over and get fuel then it stops.
A friend said perhaps something with the key transponder and my anti theft.
1. Started without issues, stopped to get a pizza- came back out to car and it wouldn't start. I tried multiple times. Got out of vehicle locked the doors and waited about 5 min and then it started fine.
2. same as above, plus I made sure the steering wheel and tires were straight and then after some waiting it started up fine.
3. After trying all of the above, as well as straightening the tires and steering column. My dad got it to start by moving the steering wheel up and down and then it started fine.
4. This last time I tried all of the above... took over an hour of waiting and trying. I found somthing online about 'cycling the key' so I turned the key fast about 8 times and the locks locked and unlocked on their own, and then when I turned the ignition all the way it started right up.
Frusterated, but don't want to spend a fortune waiting for the 'non-start' issue to happen at the dealer so they can diagnose.
From my reading I'm thinking something with the transponder in my key, or the antenae in the steering column from the Anti Thft system.
Does this make sense with how I've been able to get it to start in the past?
Thanks for any guidance!