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Ignition Problems When I place my key in the ignition and turn it to the ON position it intermittently tries to activate the starter. If it doesn't try to activate the starter right away, I can give it about 30 seconds and the starter will come back on. When I turn it to the RUN position it starts but the starter stays on until I shift it into gear. When I unhook the ignition switch from the starter solenoid and start it directly from the solenoid, it starts fine and the starter doesn't seem to have a problem. I have already replaced the starter solenoid, the ignition switch, the lock cylinder, pulled the starter and had it tested. I don't know what the issue is. I need to figure out what the problem is. My only other question is if it might have something to do with the neutral safety switch since the starter will try to come back on when I am parked or shift into neutral. Any help would be appreciated guys, Thanks.

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Yeah... Very good logic..!

Without the year... it would be pure speculation.

I can assure you that the late 50's did INDEED have troubles EXACTLY as you describe... and It was an EXCITING RIDE
(upside down with my shoulder on the gas peddle)...
((feet flailing in the air)).

So you probably want to raise the car, block the wheels
and select a flat/open area in up state Utah or Texas

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the starter should be replaced. The solenoid is kikcing the pinion out but there is no contact being made to turn the starter motor. I have the exact same truck and before i changed the starter used the old starter tap trick. Tap the starter casing with a hammer and it should start turning again. hope this was helpful for you. Good luck.

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SOURCE: 2002 Chrysler Town & Country starting intermittent

I assume you've checked all connections from the battery and starter to make sure they are clean and tight. It is a little weird that you do not have trouble starting in neutral yet you get a clicking sound in park. My first thought would be the neutral safety switch on the transmission but you shouldn't even get a click in park if that is bad.

One possibility is the contacts in your starter have worn down and are causing too more resistance (explains the clicking). At the back of your starter is a metal cover that is held on by three tiny bolts (6mm). Disconnect the battery first! (You might have to remove the starter to get to this part) Remove this cover and pull out the plunger assembly. Underneath are two brass plates. Compare one plate to the other. If one is noticeably thinner then it could be the cause of the clicking. You will even see a round groove in the plate. You can buy the plunger and contacts from this website: or you can opt to get a starter from your friendly auto parts store. The first picture shows the bad contact on the left. Notice the groove, the metal has become really thin there. 1e874da.jpgThis picture shows a pitted plunger assembly. Always good to replace it too.cd09a24.jpgThis picture shows all the new parts installed.207ff4f.jpg

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