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Ignition switch doesn't engage starter. For several months every 10-15 times that I attempted to start it it would click once and not start. If I waited a few minutes before trying it again, it would start without a problem. I replaced the starter and selenoid, and it started the first time I tried it. It then started acting the same way it had for several months before the starter was changed. Finally, it wouldn't start at all, even when I waited. I have cleaned the battery terminals and checked for loose wires. I have checked with a circuit tester the terminals on the selenoid. The large terminal has power, but the small terminal has no power when I turn the ignition switch to "start". I can start the car by crossing the two terminals with a screwdriver, but the engine stops within a few seconds after I disconnect the screwdriver. Please let me know what you think the problem might be. Thanks for your assistance ! Lynn Moses

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Does your ignition key have a small 'chip" in it, sometimes call a smart key? If it does, that may be the source of the problem. The "chip" is actually a small resistor that has to be read by the sensor in the ignition switch. Try cleaning the key with alcohol and see if there is any difference. Sometimes they get dirty and the sensor has a hard time reading them.

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