I recently read a thread regarding different ways people start their 4 bangers. I decided to try some of the things listed and my own trail and errors. The best combination I've found which has cut my cranking time in half is: Turn key to the on position and allow the fuel pump to charge or pressurize the fuel system. Then I turn the key to start and at the same time press the gas peddle just a small amount. The engine starts right up, every time. In the past it always started right up when cold, but when making short trips it always cracked more than when cold. I guess each engine is a little different in the way they start and operate.