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How can I tell an ignition switch problem from a starter problem? When the ignition key is turned, the starter clicks, then, if it turns at all, it turns about half a round and stops. However, one key seems to start the van more often than the other. I don't know if I should replace the ignition switch or the starter. The battery is brand new and fully charged.

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This sounds more like the switch is at fault to me if one key will start it and the other wont? its got to be the switch,,,

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