I’m in a 93 S10/Sonoma.
I’d been having a problem for a while where if I turned the key, sometimes it would feel like it was trying to crank and would instead just make a whining sound which died down when I stopped trying to start the car. Inevitably, though, I could give it a second go and it would start up just fine.
Eventually I realized that if I barely turned the key to a very specific point it would start up consistently with zero problems. I called my brother, who advised me it was probably the ignition failing me and if I had a workaround I might be able to go for a while but I’d need to get it fixed eventually.
Well, this morning after spending ten minutes trying to find the “sweet spot” I gave up and decided the ignition must have done as he’d forecast and given up. I was under the impression a locksmith could do this so I called around, but they informed me if the key was turning, it wasn’t the ignition at all and was something internal. One of them got quite indignant that I’d called him over such a thing and harangued me in a condescending voice until I sheepishly hung up the phone and decided not to call anyone else if all I was going to do was broadcast my astonishing ignorance.
So is it the ignition, do you think? The key still turns just as it ought, it just goes NRRRRrrrrrr…rrr… instead of starting.