Q: Random difficulty starting

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Hi. My car with a 1.4 L diesel engine has difficulty starting half of the time I attempt to get it running. I would put the key in and turn it, but there is no turn around. After several tries, it would finally turn over. It would start immediately and work fine if I first put it in gear and then get the car jump-started. What do you think could be the problem here? Thank you.

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