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The car won`t start in an intermittent manner. When I turn the key the acc. goes off but I hear no relay. It`s as if I wasn't pushing the clutch down. When it does that I wait for the next day, and it`s start again, as if nothing happened. I checked, and it`s not the clutch switch.

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Check the battery connections to make sure they are clean and shiny by brushing with a wire brush. Intermittent starting problems can be traced to dirty battery connections.

Good luck on this repair.

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