Sometimes my car won't start. Why? on 1995 Toyota Celica

This happens during short runs, like when I'm pumping gas or going to the ATM. Most of the time it doesn't make any noise when I'm trying to start it. Only a handful of times has it sounded like it was actually trying to start. Once, it started when I floored the gas pedal while turning the key but usually I just have to wait a little while and the car will start right up again. I took it to a shop a few weeks ago and they said my starter and alternator were okay but I needed a new battery. Well I got a new battery and it's still happening. So... any other ideas? I would really appreciate the help. I don't want to take it in to the shop again because they can't diagnose it unless it's happening when they're checking it. Thanks.

by in Citrus Heights, CA on October 25, 2010
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2 answers
ANSWER by , October 25, 2010
have your starter motor checked out for a bad commutator. Roy
ANSWER by , August 01, 2011
I just bought a 1992 Celica two days ago. Everything runs great except about every 8th start I have to try multiple turns of the ignition key to get the car to start. Did you ever find a solution for your car issues?