Why am I having difficulty starting my 2008 Mazda Tribute?

Asked by May 09, 2017 at 04:53 PM about the 2008 Mazda Tribute

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

For several months I have experienced difficulty starting my 2008 Mazda
Tribute (65K miles).   Now, I have to be careful to insert the key using one
particular side only.   All dash lights and other functions are operable...the
thing just will not start.  Sometimes I hear a single "click"..usually not.  And,
it doesn't happen EVERY start....just most!   Before I head out to all the
expensive fixes...can anyone help ??  The vehicle is in otherwise excellent
condition.

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Might be time to replace the ignition lock cylinder, and or there is a problem with the wiring. Remember you have to have the new lock and keys reprogrammed. But if the vehicle is in nice shape, then I wouldn't hesitate to have it repaired.

Sounds like the starter. Same issue on my Chrysler van. Lived with it for a month holding my breath for final failure then just replaced starter. Voila! Fixed

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