Thanks for your suggestion, Brian. I will certainly try your suggestion the next time the car fails to start.
So far, the mechanic has not replaced anything except lubricating the ignition switch with graphite. It is now day 3 since we picked up our car and it has not failed thus far. The mechanic did suggest having the ignition replaced for over $400, but we chose not to because they could not guarantee that was the problem and we cannot afford to just throw money at the problem.
The frustrating problem with this is that the mechanic was very adamant about duplicating the problem in order to guarantee a fix. And he was not able to duplicate the problem at all for the 2 days the car was in his garage. He also suggested that our keys are too heavy (they only weigh 5 oz). We find it hard to believe this is the source of the problem we're experiencing. I think next time I will invest in a Fred Flintstone car - he never seemed to have any trouble starting his car! We'll keep you updated if our car should fail again.
Thank-you very much for your help and your prompt response.
Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 AT 11:43 PM