99 millenia cranking on its own?

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Asked by May 10, 2012 at 02:15 PM about the 1999 Mazda Millenia 4 Dr STD Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Just bought a '99 mazda millenia v6. When it is hot outside and i turn the key to crank the car, it cranks itself befor turning it all the way over and makes an  awful noise. i turn it off, and it does this several times (cranking on its own) before it will finally let me crank it and then once i crank it, it does not make the noise. when it cranks itself and i try to put it in gear, it squeals.. does this sound like a bad starter or is there more to this problem??

4 Answers

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Not following exactly....do you mean the starter engages before you turn the key????

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where i would usually turn the key (not all the way over) to just have the dash lights and radio on, it cranks itself at that point. as soon as i turn the key the car cranks before i even get it turned past the halfway point

13,335

That really sounds like a bad ignition switch. I would look into that right away you could be sending voltage spikes in bad places affecting the electronics.

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Thank you! Onlookers who were in the parking lot earlier when it did it and made the noise seemed to think it was the starter but I wanted another opinion.. Thank you

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