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Seems no power getting to the starter solenoid

Battery is new. Engine starts when I jump the terminals at the solenoid.When I turn the key, there nothing, no clicking or drain on lights.

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Firstly, Check your starter relay and any fusible links. Since there is power to the solenoid, then there is a short in a relay, a bad fuse, or faulty ignition

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