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Hello, my name is Bobby. Thank you for the question. Just to confirm the engine is not cranking over at all when this occurs?
Thank you. Most of the time this is either the starter relay, the ignition switch or the transmission position sensor. The starter relay is behind the driver side of the dash right next to the steering column. I would start by seeing if when this happens if you put the vehicle into neutral if it starts right up. If it does then it is the transmission position switch. If not then you will need to either test the circuit or replace the solenoid next. Please let me know if you need more help.
Sorry. I meant relay. You can access it from under the dash once you remove the lower dash cover.
Unfortunately I do not have any directions about this vehicle in particular due to its age. The panel should have 3 small screws that attach it to the upper dash. You can then remove it. Once it is removed the relay is to the left of the column.
Thanks for the update. I will look for your response. Please also note that even after eating my service we can continue as needed.
I am away from my PC until the morning. I will see if I have something to send over to you once I have access to my manuals.
Unfortunately I do not have a picture of this. Have you noticed if the security light is on inside of the vehicle when you try starting it and it will not start?
If your key has a small black chip in it then you have a security system that detects the key. If the sensor in the key cylinder fails or more commonly if the wiring to the sensor in the column fails then this same thing would happen. When it will not start though the security light would be on inside of the vehicle when holding the key in the crank position.
It is always very random. Even when the wiring fails it continues to make contact off and on and will cause this.