2005 Malibu Maxx intermittent starting issue
We bought our 2005 Malibu Maxx about a year ago and it's been great so far. Over the last 3 or 4 months we've had a weird intermittent starting issue.
I've done a bunch of research regarding starting issues on these, so hopefully I can include enough info here to give you guys a firm idea of what is and isn't going on.
Turn the key, and the dash lights up. All lights on the dash light, and then go off, except the engine light which I think stays lit until the engine is started, then it goes off as well. No security lights stay on or are blinking.
I can hear the fuel pump hum and then click when the key is turned to acc. every time.
The car successfully fires up 9 times out of 10. When it doesn't, it'll crank over fast for about 3 seconds, then it stops trying. Turning the key a second time will almost always result in the same thing happening, the engine cranks fast for about 3 seconds and fails to start.
I have found that if I press the accelerator while it's cranking will force it to start.
One more thing, it seems like when I get gas, the rate of it doing this increases to about 50%. Not sure if it's related or not, just something I've noticed.
There are no error codes. Battery reads 12.98V. All electrical has tested good.
Any ideas where to start?