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Sometimes it will start and sometimes the starter wont turn over

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Start and crank are two different things.
If it will not crank sometimes, it could be the neutral safety switch or a dead spot in the starter, or something in the key switch.
Have you checked anything yet ?

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

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