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Car won't start

Battery shows a low charge on the meter, hook up jumper cables, meter shows full charge, turn the key, there's a clunk, all juice disappears and car still wont start.

Is that the alternator or starter?

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I would replace the starter and while u do that check the flywheel for damage sounds like it may have a bad connection or bad starter

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