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1987 944 Intermittent starting problem

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Vehicle Information: Model(924/944/968): 944; Year: 1987; Body Type: Coupe; Total Mileage: 110,000;

My son bought his 944 last year and it has generally served him well. However, he has had an intermittent problem with starting this summer. The car always starts of the first try if it is cold. If it is hot and has been sitting for a short time, however, it often refuses to start. It turns over well and cranks, but never "fires". He has learned to open the hood and wait till it cools down, after which it starts fine. We have the impression that this occurs more frequently when the weather is very hot. We tried his mechanic, but he could not duplicate the problem while keeping it for almost a week. I look through this section and did not see any similar problems listed. This sounds like an electrical problem, but we can't isolate it.

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