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Ignition key is turned, fan belts whir, motor doesnt start Has been running excellently and regularly, previously.. is it just a wire and what do I check, or is it something else? please advise

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  • illyria1 Nov 07, 2008

    Thanks folks.. we thought it was a loose wire.. nope.. THE BATTERY WAS FLAT. BUT THANKS ALL THE SAME

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