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Every once in a while the starter will not operate. I removed the starter and replaced it, and the problem is still the same. Does the ignition switch need replaced?

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Hi

It most likely is a poor earth connection from the battery to the car body or from the battery to the starter motor wiring. ensure that they have a good clean contact metal to metal and grease the earth so it wont rust or corrode again.

there are 3 main earths on a car so you should check them all as one can drain power from the whole car causing this fault.

Hope that helps
Regards

Dan

Posted on Dec 28, 2010

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