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My previa keeps refusing to start

Recently the car refuses to start no starter noise, nothing at all. I keep trying then suddenly it kicks into life, any ideas what it might be?? It's an N reg 2.4 petrol if that makes it any clearer

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Sounds a lot like just a bad connection.  While it could be a relay that is preventing the starter from kicking in, often this kind of problem stems from corroded terminals. If the starter was fouled internally (it happens), you should at least hear the solenoid clicking. 
Remove the negative battery terminal first, then trace it down to where it connects to the block or chassis; remove and clean all contact points, including the battery terminal itself.
Then, before reinstalling, remove and clean the positive cable at both ends; one of which is probably attached to the main starter terminal or the solenoid. Again, don't forget the battery terminal.
Some protection against recurrence of this problem can be had using dielectric grease or at least, petroleum jelly on all contact surfaces when reassembling.
Put it all back together remembering to connect the negative terminal last.
While most power loads draw only a few amps, they are often unaffected by poor contact but the starter draws from 100-200 amps and this drain won't tolerate even a few tenths of an Ohm in the circuit.      

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It might be a bad ignition switch located in the steering column. Try wiggling the key as you start it, is that helps, it is most likely a bad connection.

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