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My 1989 olds 88 is giving me problems starting if I turn the key more than a smidge. First few tries it cranks really hard, then it won't do anything or just makes that grinding sound like your turning the key when the car is already started. It usally takes at least 5 min to of playing around with it before it roars on. It is also worse when the car is cold. Hoping for a simple fix! Thanks!

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There are a few things that could be causing this; a faulty starter or a bad mechanical ignition switch, but I first suspect the starter since you do have some action when you initially turn the key. You can remove your starter and take it to your local parts store so they can test it - If you're not familiar with how to pull your starter , I would be happy to advise you - it's not too difficult a job , but it's not exactly easy on that car, as there is little room around the starter.
Good luck!!

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