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1998 Mazda 626 will start great many times then suddenly won't start --- will have to turn the key multiple times for 2 to 5 minutes and then it will start again. A common time this will happen will be when the car is cold, it's wet outside, or low on gas. Any ideas?

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Ah, you give many very good clues, all of which point to a problem with the fuel pump.
The cold/wet scenario - moisture getting into the contacts, possibly on/in the starter or fuel pump,
but the low fuel scenario points to the fuel pump. The fuel pump must work a little harder to pump
fuel when the level is low - it works harder to pressurize the fuel rail, and harder to supply fuel for
starting. A fuel pump that's starting to think about failing will struggle under these conditions.

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    Robertwil896 has proposed an excellent idea- thanks.

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Yes this is common symptom of a ignition switch that is on the verge of going out ,replace it

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