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When I go to start my car, it sometimes will not start

I put the key in the ignition and turn the key, when I start it sometimes it takes a few times to get it going. It will turn on and then **** around a bit, with all of the dash lights and everything turning on (oil, battery, etc..) It almost seems like it starts and dies a few times before it actually works.

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Weak battery. or dirty bad cables. check alternator out put .make its charging battery.

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