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I am getting power ,but it will not crank when I turn the key

I think it key related and no the starter.because before I had to turn the key back a little to get power in the car

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It sounds like it is your ignition switch, based on your description. I would start there. That would also explain why it's not kicking all the way to initiate the starter.

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