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Not starting well i actually have a 1996 and its not starting even with a new battery. It seem like something is draining my battery. Please help me.

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Could you give more info please? is starter turning engine? with new battery ? what sound if any? is the starter making when key is turned to key start position? do all lights operate ok? if you provide info on above ? may be able to advise on probable fault ?

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At this point there are too many 'What if's'. Which system has the drain will determine the next steps to be taken.

This procedure will allow you to focus in on the problem area. Let me know what you find out.

Hope this helps


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