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Car won't even turn over nothing

On several occasions my car will not even turn over. i wait about 2 minutes and turn the key and vrrrm it starts. what could be the problem? could it be a bad ignition switch?it does it alot in wet weather i live in Oh. we have snow right now . it might even be a bad wire or maybe someone else has or has had this problem i changed my battery a couple of years ago and the what i call the jump post for jumping a car near the right fender is lose tha t could be it ?????

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More than likely loose battery terminal tighten terminal and apply grease or Vaseline to help stop corrosion hope this helps glenn........

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