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Car Starting After Multiple Cranks

This car was perfect until 3 weeks ago. I have replaced hoses, electrical parts and had the transmission rebuilt. Now, it will not start on the first crank of the key. Usually the second or third and right away, but the first cranks sound very hard and kills if they do catch. Had the ground checked when I took back to the transmission shop for a 10 day check up. Could use some advice on what the problem might be before making a decision on who to take it to.

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The starter is related to the transaxle.,it drives the ring gear to start it,also have them check the wiring that they moved especially the starter wiring.

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