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Engin does not turn over or start no power to small wire on starter

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If this car is a stick shift it can be dangerous. to test this this way. if it is a stick make sure the car is in nuetral and the e brake set. if it is auto it should be in park. attach a test wire to the small wire on the starter. turn on the key to run pos. touch the test wire to the positive battery cable for a second do not leave it hooked up. does the car start this way. if so a automatic car could need a nuetral safety switch or ignition switch. if it is a stick it may need a clutch safety switch or the ignition switch. good luck

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