By " habit" I always turn the key to run and wait until the FP stop priming then turn to start. It always instantly fires up vs the few cranks it would take with just turning the key to start immediately.
Either way is not a problem but just by habit I let the FP prime first.
The starter thing where the solenoid won't completely engage forward resulting in that "sound" of disengagement (starter gear & FW grind sound) can mean the starter solenoid is wearing and/or the wiring at the starter is fatigued (old battery cables).
IMHO the go to starter if anyone needs one is the Corvette gear reduction starter at Autozone. Cheaper & lighter than OEM replacement and is a true "gear reduction" starter
Yes, that’s similar to what I do.
I get in, shut the door, put the key in and turn to the KO position and wait for 3 dings and the doors to lock before I turn it to the Start position, I do this also to allow the fuel pump to prime before engaging the starter.
I replaced the starter about a year ago with a damn Cardone starter. It’s a new version not rebuilt but it was the only one I could find in stock in the whole valley.
Been putting off replacing it with the Corvette ACDelco cuz it has a lifetime warranty. But that doesn’t give me a huge amount of confidence in the starter
With the dinger going in and out at the key turning process (not door or lights on, they always ding), I’m inclined to believe Mark hit it with the key tumbler and internal contact mechanism that may be the culprit.
I’m going to spray some electrical contact cleaner in the key hole, turn the switch back and forth a few times, and give it a quick shot of graphite lubricant.
Since I have learned the dinger does nothing but irritate 1996 Impala owners, I’m really not that concerned with the ding, but I am concerned that there may be a voltage drop at the key switch that goes to the solenoid, thus causing the solenoid to kick out prematurely once in a while.
I don’t want to destroy my flex plate, a $100 part that requires $300 in labor to replace.
I will look into the Autozone starter you mentioned, which brand Corvette GR starter are you referring to ?
I try to use ACDelco OEM class whenever I can get parts of that type.
I do want to thank you for the input and advice, I appreciate your time and effort !!!