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97 Saturn SL2 won't turn over

Car won't turn over while in gear. As soon as I throw it in neutral, it turns over. Clutch?

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Check the neutral-saftey switch.  If it is a clutch, the starter will generally engage and the car will generally lurch forward.  Most newer cars are equiped with a switch that detects when the car is in-gear & wont permit it to turn over.  Could be the clutch but go for the cheap fix first.

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