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Electrical Will not start all the time. I have to hold the key at the start position for a few seconds (20 to 50) before it turns over the engine

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You may have a partially broken wire on your ign lock cylinder

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

  • jr0353 Nov 30, 2008

    also have electrical part of ign switch checked, it is on the lower part of the steering column



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