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Engine won't start right.

Only get ignition when key is turning back from START to RUN. Have to turn it a couple times in quick succession to get the engine to crank. After that, all is good until next time i go to start it, then same story. Also, the radio and fan are intermittent. Didn't know if this was maybe my ignition switch or something else?

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  • Barbara Baffoe Jan 28, 2009

    engine wont start, the battery is good, starter good, fuel pump working but the car just wont start

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It is your ignition switch, located under dash on top of your steering colume.

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