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Old 05-19-2017, 11:51 AM   #1
EOC Rank: Hydrogen
2007 2WD EX AT
Satin Silver Metallic (SSM)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 83
Weird Non-Starting Problem?

Hi Everyone:

Maybe once out of every 20 times I go to start my element, it won't start on the first attempt.

I turn the key, the accessories / radio air conditioning (if I left it on) all come on, but it just doesn't start.

It doesn't even sound like it is TRYING to start. No click-click noise, no winding noise, just quiet (except for the radio and fan / air)

But then if I turn the key to off, and immediately try to start again, it starts right up. No struggling, no rough running, no weird noises. Just starts right up.

Any thoughts?

Car has about 110K miles on it. Engine / electronics are all stock / original. Don't remember exactly when I changed the battery, but I think it was within the last year.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:51 PM   #2
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2005 4WD EX AT
Magnesium Metallic (MM)
Join Date: May 2015
Location: SW Wisconsin
Posts: 366
This thread may be relevant:, post #6 in particular. Often if it is that switch a couple of things are diagnostic. One is a slight bzzt noise from under the steering column when you turn the key to crank and the other is that is for a while a brisk turn of the key will work while a slower turn will not.
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