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I have a 93 toyota corolla .MY problem is the ignition .Sometimes when i turn the key it starts the car sometimes it doesnt star.Please help thank you.

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This could be due to the follwing
1. Ingnition switch malfunctioning - Replace
2. Starter solenoid swith stickey - Replace

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