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When you turn the key it has trouble starting sometimes you turn it it doesnt do anything, sometimes it turns the lights and radio on and other times it starts to crank and doesnt so far it has always eventually turned over and started.

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I would check the ignition switch, these are prone to key and barrel wear, Sounds silly but if you have another key try that as a newer,less worn profile key can sometimes help with a solution

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