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    Intermittent Crank

    Well after having the car sitting for three years I replaced fuel pump, ECU, bypassed heater core after throwing all the coolant inside the car... and fixed leaking radiator... The car is finally running smoothly, one thing I've put of is an intermittent crank when starting the car. When I try to start the car I have to turn the key 4 to 5 times before the car cranks, you can hear the selenoid (or relay not sure what it is) everytime I crank the key but never cranks until the fourth or fifth key turn, after that it starts right up without any problems. Checked battery and it holds a steady 12.7V. Any idea what it could be? - Thanks!

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    Can you jumper at the solenoid to confirm it's ok?

    Check the multi-wire ignition switch down on the right side of the steering column. Unless you know it's been replaced recently, it is a prime suspect in these examples.

    Easy to source, priced fair, but needs a security torx to swap out. Remove the two-piece surround bezel where the steering wheel meets the dash (3 philips head screws from below) and check it out...see if it is opening up.

    Good luck.

    Ken
    Last edited by KMT; 03-13-2019 at 03:20 PM.

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    Update! I was finally able to work on the car, took your suggestion about it probably being the ignition switch and just bought it to try (only $16 on advance). Well it was exactly that! Thanks again for the help KMT!

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    Glad you sorted it out - thanks for the followup!

    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMT View Post
    Can you jumper at the solenoid to confirm it's ok?

    Check the multi-wire ignition switch down on the right side of the steering column. Unless you know it's been replaced recently, it is a prime suspect in these examples.

    Easy to source, priced fair, but needs a security torx to swap out. Remove the two-piece surround bezel where the steering wheel meets the dash (3 philips head screws from below) and check it out...see if it is opening up.

    Good luck.

    Ken
    My 94 has been doing this for a while. The multi-wire ignition switch isn't the actual key and tumblers itself I'm guessing? This sounds like it's down the steering column a bit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melon View Post
    The multi-wire ignition switch isn't the actual key and tumblers itself I'm guessing? This sounds like it's down the steering column a bit?
    Correct...key cylinder, and actual switch are separate.

    Looks like this, and it's not too far down, right side of column:


    If you pull the 2-piece plastic surround where the steering wheel meets the dash, you should be able to see it.

    Autozone listing is here.

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