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The first thing to do is to check the condition of the battery cables/terminals. Make sure they are clean, free from corrosion and are tight. Also check the black earth lead where it connects to the block/bodywork. A poor earth can cause the symptoms you describe.
If that doesn't work, disconnect the positive battery cable (but bear in mind that you may lose the radio code.. do you know your radio code?) and then disconnect, clean the cables on the starter motor.
If that does not do anything - suspect the starter motor solenoid. It can be removed and cleaned (remove the starter motor first). You can 'bridge' the terminals on the solenoid with a screwdriver to try and start the car... but be careful.
1. Raise and support vehicle. 2. Set parking brake and remove wheel nuts and remove wheel. 3. Using an impact driver, remove the retaining screws from the brake drum. 4. Release parking brake and remove brake drum.
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
Drain the engine oil.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Negative battery cableIntake manifold bracket upper boltsClutch release cylinder and move it aside, if equippedIntake manifold bracket lower bolts and remove the bracketStarter from the clutch, manual transmissions onlyStarter from the torque converter, automatic transmissions onlyStarter electrical connectorsMove the transmission wire harness asideStarter
Fig. Exploded view of the starter
Install or connect the following:
Starter to the engine wellStarter electrical connectorsLower intake manifold bracket and install the upper boltsStarter into position. When aligned properly torque the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).Torque the intake manifold bracket bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).Properly position the clutch release cylinder, if equipped. Torque the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).Torque the intake manifold bracket upper bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).Negative battery cable
if you go buy a new switch you may understand this better. but here goes the bolts that hold the switch to the colum are antitheft. the bolt head will brake off when you tighten them. you should have cone shaped round bolts holding the switch on. you will need a chisel and hammer to get the old ones out. good luck. hope this is helpful. you need to see the new bolts. that come with the new switch to fully understand.