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Has truble starting and staying started

When i turn the ignition key to the start position on the steering collum the engine fails to turn-over and once it does turn-over it turns itself off often.

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  • bricekwmusic Jun 30, 2009

    what is causing the buick to have the above problem?



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You need a new ignition switch, The contacts inside the switch are worn out.

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Sounds like a bad ignition switch. Not the lock cylinder, but the electrical switch.

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    Eldric Venne Jul 02, 2009

    See both above posts.



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