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When turning the key to start the car it doesn't work at times. Have to turn it a couple of times to make it start. Only happens once in a great while. What needs changed?

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With this being a gm car most of these have a sensor built into the key. If it doesnt click or anything maybe just the dash lights come on when turning it over then it could be theres a bad connection with this sensor or the key itself is going bad due to being worn. try spaying a lube of some sort into the key tumbler and see if that helps.

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The most probable cause for this is a an intermittent problem with the Starter solenoid and/or starter.

When the car does not respond to turning the ignition key on can you hear a click from under the hood?

If you can that is the starter solenoid trying to turn on the starter motor. I would say the starter needs to be replaced.

If you cannot hear anything, then the solenoid ( which is just a relay) is probably bad.

I just replaced my startere on my F150, starter & solenoid come as a unit.... cost about $125.

Hopes this helps good luck Loringh

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You need to take your vehicle to a garage and have the transmission checked. It may be low on oil or damaged.

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ignition key switch is going bad

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