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Hi! About 2 weeks ago my '96 Town & Country started to have a problem starting. I will turn the key and everything would come on, but it will not even attempt to crank. After turning the key 4 or 5 times, it will start normally. If I drive it for awhile and turn it off, after a short while, it will start OK, but if it sits longer than an hour or longer, the same problem happens. Got an idea? Thank you very much.

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It could either be the starter motor relay not being actuated or the starter solenoid switch/starter motor/battery is weak. Next time this happens have a helper try the key while you open the power distribution box in the engine compartment to check to listen/touch the starter motor relay to see if it is clicking or not. That relay is the 5th in a row counting from the front of the box. If it is clicking then do you also hear the starter motor click simultaneously?
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