So, I have always had a problem starting the car back up again when the engine is up to temperature, and more so on a hot day.
BUT, today as it cranked over and over as usual at the petrol station, for some reason I released the ignition key VERY slowly, and the engine fired up instantly - at some point in the spring return phase of the key movement. Tried it over and over, the slow movement that is, and the car starts instantly ever time. Something it has NEVER done hot or cold.
I therefore am thinking there may be a fault (or dirty contact) in the ignition switch, and that there may be a link to the ignition ballast resistor around this point.
Does anybody know what happens inside the ignition switch at this point in its travel ? Obviously it is not just a case of powering the starter (as that always turns) but something else must happening in addition. Or should I just remove the switch and get going with the old trusty contact cleaner.