The engine does not turn over.
I own a 2003 Corvette C5 with relatively low mileage (58,000 mi.). Off and on for the past six months, I have experienced the following problem. When I turn the ignition key, absolutely nothing happens. There is no sound of any kind. I will then wait for 10 or 20 seconds and try again, with the same result. Usually, after a third or fourth try, the engine kicks over. When it does, there seems to be a very slight delay, and I have a sense that the engine is not responding immediately with full power. However, this is more of a vague feeling on my part. The key problem is the complete lack of response when I turn the ignition key. That is the situation right now, as I compose this message. I just had a new battery installed, so that is not the problem. The radio, lights, etc., all work when I turn the ignition key, but the engine is simply dead silent. There is no whirring or clicking sound. Nothing. The fact that the engine usually starts up after the third or fourth try is perplexing and adds to the difficulty of diagnosing the problem. When I took my car in for some other work last month, I mentioned this problem to the mechanic, who specializes in Corvettes. However, the engine turned over with no problems the entire time the car was at his shop, so he did not experience first hand the problem I described. What does this suggest? A problem with the starter mechanism? What is the best way to diagnose the problem?