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Fails to start Ford Fiesta Freestyle 2002

Several times I have had a problem with starting my car, I don't think it's a battery problem as when it does start it fires straight away so could it be a problem with the ignition in some way?? when i turn the key it just makes a small "burr" sound and then nothing, completely dead and then i can leave it for ten minutes

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This may be a bad connection of the battery cables to the battery. I would remove them and clean them both.
Question - If you jump start the car when this happens, does it start right away or still buzz? If yes, then I lean toward battery connections or battery. Also, when this happens, turn on the headligts and see if they remain bright when the key is turned to "start". If yes, then iI lean towrds a bad battery connection or an internal, intermittent short in the battery.
If you know how to jumper the starter under the hood by a jumper wire from the battery to the small wire to the starter solenoid, that would bypass the ignition switch "start" circuit. If it starts then, I would replace the ignition switch. Good luck. please report progress.

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