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1998 kia sephia, starter kicks in but engine sometimes wont turn.

When the engine does turn, it starts right up. this is a intermittent problem. 3 out of 5 times i will have to turn the key multiple times to get the car to start. what can this be? i have had the started tested 3 times and passed. im assuming the ignition switch is working since the started kicks in every time. possible dead spot inside the starter? please help.

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  • nathan222 Mar 12, 2009

    question, when the shaft of the started kicks out does it automatically start to turn once its at full extension? could i have a lack of power that prevents the shaft from turning? since this is intermittent im not sure if the testing of the starter was correct or not. i took it to kragen to test it.

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    my car had the same problem everytime i went to start it it took a couple times for it to start. My reel problem how ever is that while i was driving today it lost power while i was driving. My car still has batterypower it sounds like it wants to start but it just wont start. WHAT CAN I DO?



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If it is a manual trans could be nuetral saftey switch but other then that check grounds at the bettery and engine .Still could be starter like you said flat spots on it hope this helps.

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