1999 Dodge Intrepid wont turn over or start everytime

Tiny
ABENZZ
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  • 1999 DODGE INTREPID
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 89,000 MILES
I am having a strange issue with our family car. When the key is turned sometimes it just makes a single click. I am able to continue to turn the key over and over and eventually the starter will engage and the car starts easily. It is a different experiece everytime. Sometime it starts first try, sometimes after 4-5 tries and sometimes after 30 tries. So far it has always started, but extremelly frustrating and potentially hazardous for my family.
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Monday, March 8th, 2010 AT 8:46 AM

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Tiny
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Very common problem with the little silver Nippendenso starters. Worn contacts in the starter solenoid. They can be replaced separately for 20 bucks, but most people just replace the entire starter. The problem will get progressively worse. The last straw for my mother was when she lost count after 700 tries and a blister on her thumb!
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 AT 2:29 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the advise! I will tear into it this weekend and let you know how it goes.
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Thursday, March 11th, 2010 AT 1:08 PM

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