Every once in a while it wouldn't start at all

Tiny
RACHEYYY321
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  • 2005 MITSUBISHI LANCER
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
About a year ago my car started getting harder and harder to start, it came to the point where I was the only person who could turn the key just right to start it. As time went on every once in a while it wouldn't start at all. I've gotten stranded multiple times, I just had to wait and keep trying after about 60 turns off the key it would start. When you turn the key the engine doesn't make a sound, it doesn't try turning over or make any strange noises all you can hear is the celanoid clicking quietly. So we followed some advice and cleaned the battery and the battery connections with a wire brush. That helped a small bit but it was coming to the point that it was way too unreliable to drive anywhere and it starts probably one every 50 turns off the key. Please help, I'd like to have some idea of what the problem is before I bring it in so I don't get totally screwed. Thank you!
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Saturday, March 1st, 2014 AT 2:13 PM

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Tiny
SEAN M
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Hello,

This sounds like an issue with the ignition switch.
The ignition switch is the electrical component that the lock cylinder attaches to.
When you turn the key, the switch turns on all the components and starts the engine.
Overtime the switch can malfunction due to being worn and that will lead to no start issue like you are experiencing.

In order to replace the ignition, switch the steering wheel needs to be removed.

I have attached diagrams for your reference.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you.
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Friday, October 22nd, 2021 AT 10:31 AM

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