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Start up problem

The car has a manual transmission, so in order to start the car it has to be kick started with a push if it sits for too long without being started.
After the car has been running for a while it doesn't fail to start.
it makes a whining start at times, If the car sits long enough for everything to cool down it won't start at all without being kick started. After the car is started the belts make an awful squealing noise.
When trying to start the car, it seems like there is not enough battery life to get it started, but the battery is fully charged. The lights are not dimmed at all so it seems there is not an altenator problem. it sounds like there is something binding the belts because once the belts are warmed up and running they don't make as much noise but there is some noise from them.
Hope someone can offer some advice.

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If the belts are making noise, the alternator may NOT be spinning fast enough to produce sufficient voltage to charge ther battery, because the belts are slipping, and slipping = noises.
Tighten the belts.

Regarding the starter: Replace it, or get it overhauled at a starter repair service. You have bad starter contacts

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