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1998 Ford Explorer V8 4WD Eddie Bower. Sometimes I insert key, and the ignition turns but the vehicle won't.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Kalynn, Sounds like it could possibly be one of two things. A possible faulty ignition switch, or something is going on with the security system. If the you have a red light for the security system, does it blink while the vehicle will not start. It may be an immobilizer that is kicked in, or possibly the ignition switch is intermittantly inoperative. AJ Pierce

Michelle Wingard, Automotive Expert at, Inc. Hi Kalynn! Does the vehicle actually "crank" when you have the key turned? Does it make noise like it

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Kalynn, It sounds to me like it may be a key or tumbler problem. If you have a second or spare key, try using that for a while and see if it does the same thing. If it doesn

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