I have a Rondo 2010, V6 (EX), about 190 000 km on the counter.
Last month, I got this problem : in the morning, I turn the key and... nothing. Not even the familiar solonoid coil of the starter. Lights was working good. No engine light.
The next trial, the car started.
The problem was temporary in "random" conditions.
Then, the problem begin to appear more and more. By that I mean it took more key turn to make it start when the problem was prensent. When it wasn't the car started first time without a glitch.
After some days, I was finally able to reproduce the problem : putting the lights and the heater on for some minutes, then... Here we go, no starting. After charging the battery for 2-3 minutes, the car started like a charm. So I made the conclusion the original battery was diying after 6 good years of service.
I put a new battery in the car. And voilà, the problem disappear... until yesterday!
Last time, my mechanic tried to reproduce the problem without any success ; he put the car in the garage and the car started every single time.
This time, the only "contributive factor" I can see is the cold weather
. Yesterday was a cold day, some degrees below the freezing point.
Today, the temperature here is slighly under the freezing point, but the car started on the first trial.
My mechanic won't change the starter because he cannot reproduce the problem.
So my questions are :
Could it be the starter refuses to work solely because of the cold temperature? Can the cold, even with a good battery, make the starter randomly stop working?
Is there a kind of voltage check made by the car computer to avoid "even trying" to start the car if the battery voltage is too low?
I have no sign of a faulty alternator : everything work fine in the car.
I must admit the battery I have in the car now (about 1 month old) has received a very bad review under cold temperatures, but it was the only available...
Thank you for any help!