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Experience:  ASE certified. Auto Transmission rebuilder for Ford Motor Co. from 91 to 2000
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2012 escape. After turning ignition key and engine cranked

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2012 escape. After turning ignition key and engine cranked the ignition contues to fire 6-8 times. This intermittent but worrisome
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

Hello, Eddie here and I will do my best to help. Just so I'm clear, when you first get in to start the car, you turn the key to START position, and the engine cranks, but it takes 6-8 times before the engine will start and run on it's on? Is that correct? So the problem would be a long cranking before it starts? Just trying to understand your question fully. Let us know, thank you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No not a long cranking. It cranks quickly but the starter doesn't quit trying to start it when it is already started.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
actually it does quit but not until it has tried 6-8 more times and it is intermittent, doesn't always do this
Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

Alright, I follow you, so the starter is hanging up and you get that noise until it disengages.

The problem is most likely the starter motor itself. the bendix gets stuck out and doesn't return as quick as it should,
The only other thing I that comes to mind it could be, would be the starter relay sticking, but I highly doubt that.
You could verify it buy using a 12 volt test light on the small wire at the starter motor, as soon as you start it and the key returns to the RUN position, power should be cut to that wire, If it did not, it may be the starter relay, however, that would be uncommon. If you replace the starter motor I feel confident that will resolve your problem. Let me know if you have any further questions. Thank you!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

Absolutely, Thank you! Let me know if you have any further questions.