This thread should be linked in some sticky about following peoples' advice.
The things I replaced and money I spent because of the intermittent symptoms:
$160 on the starter
$20 on battery cables
$80 on a d-bag mechanic who tightened my battery cables and argued with me for 30 minutes
It would start with a roar and then leave me stranded after a drive. It would start when warm and then when cold, 20-30 clicks and no crank or no clicks. But the electronics were fine. Finally I thought, you know what, I'll Frankenstein start it and get it to O'Reilly, check the starter and alternator and see what's wrong. How could it be the battery if a jump start wouldn't get it going?
In the end, it was the *** **** stupid ******* battery. Are you SERIOUS?! Strangest symptoms ever and it ends up being the simplest thing, the battery.
I'm out $130 and I basically threw a whole bag of parts at the car but I found the problem. I mean at least I won't have to replace my battery cables or starter any time soon but it was the battery.
O'Reilly tech checked it and it wasn't capable of putting out 650 cranking amps consistently and my alternator was overloading to try to charge it fully. The reason why it would start SOME times is because occasionally it could put out enough amperage to get going but a bad battery doesn't necessarily mean it's 100% empty. It could just have 10-15% of its capacity ruined which would give you all the mixed signals.
So yeah, I messed up. I'm in the whole $400 but my ignition system is solid.
I agree 100% with Mark...... Bad battery.
The Tec is a DOHC
not an OHV
so it may help in the future to clarify what you have. Your description indicates most of the hallmarks of a bad battery. Getting it load tested is the place to begin.
^Literally the first two posts.