Intermittent Starter Problem
We have a 2008 LR2 SE 114k miles and if it is driven and then parked for a few minutes before returning to restart it, the starter sometimes initially engages but then pauses sometimes for 2-3 seconds before continuing to start the motor. The problem does not occur when the engine is cold, again only after the engine is at temperature and a stop is made somewhere and then started again up to 30 minutes later upon returning to the vehicle. By the nature of the way it starts sometimes, it gives the impression that the battery is either low or faulty or that the engine's spark advance mode is too far in the advance position as I've experienced with older vehicles I've owned. The problem also doesn't occur every single time, as though there might possibly could be a bad spot developing in the armature of the starter motor.
The battery is good in all respects, fully charged, all diagnostics when testing it check okay and it demonstrates 792 CCA. Charging system tests fine. No error codes of any kind are indicated by the vehicle's computer as well. No overheating or other problems have been experienced as well. Coolant looks clear. It was the opinion of the shop that tested it that the starter is likely the problem. While the shop is highly reputable, they do not specifically work on Land Rover vehicles and stated that they would not be able to service it in that regard.
Anyone else have this problem or is there a common cause for this behavior in a 2008 LR2? I'm not the sort of owner that simply starts chasing a problem by replacing parts and hoping that it will resolve, so I wanted to stop by the forum to see if there is a problem common to this model.