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Won't start no crank lights and radio work slam hood and it starts sometimes could this be the ignition switch

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Check all battery connections for corrosion, looseness, and if dirty

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American cars are known for the starters going bad. When they start to go bad they often get stuck and a hard bang can jar them loose. next time you have the problem get a hammer and tap the starter with it and see if it starts. If it does, you need a new one. If not find the power wire going to it and use a test light to see if it gets power when someone cranks it.

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It is more likely the battery terminals not making good contact,or the starter is going out,try cleaning the battery terminals,and the battery post,if this does not help,have someone hold the key to start position,and tap on the starter lightly with a hammer,if it tries to start,then replace the starter,if this was at all helpful,please rate thank you.

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