I'm having issues with my car not starting on the first or second turn of key. Voltage meter check has identified the current drops from the dash to the motor connection. Once the car starts it shows 13 volts, but indicates 3 - 5 volts before ignition. I thought it was the power wire, but it's been replaced. Is my ignition switch bad??
Have your battery checked at your corner Chinese car part store. They can put a resistive load to see if the battery is ok (here is a clue they are trying to sell you a new one so watch the test which is free). Or you have a bad ground which will show up as a puff of smoke as the current tries to make a connection.
In general, this sounds a bit like a bad battery ground. It could be many other things of course. Missing ground strap from motor to frame, body to frame maybe. Corrosion inside the POS cable sleeve that you can't see.
When you say " Voltage meter check has identified the current drops from the dash to the motor connection", what are the 2 exact points you're testing during the cranking?
fusebox and starter relay? Coil?
I appreciate the feedback from my post. On yesterday, I replaced the battery. It's still hesitating to crank. I will now check and replace the positive cable is necessary. I don't see a resistor cable, so that very well me be my problem.