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Sometimes it will not start! It has a new

Sometimes it will not start! It has a new battery, new starter. The promblem seems to be in the security computer system. When it won't start the security light comes in???? I will wait about 10 - 20 mins. then it will start up again.

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The ignition swich may be bad that is where the security sensor is and they do go bad alot

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How about the starter? My 1997 Cadillac Deville has this annoying problem where I can only get it started sometimes by toggling the starter switch on and off rapidly for 3 to 5 times before it turns over. lol.

Other times, it starts fine.

The only solution, assuming your security system isn't playing games with you, is to replace the starter with a new one.

Good luck on this repair.

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