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Staurn won't start

I was working on the radio in my car and there was uncovered wire going to my breaker box and it hit against metal and sparked a little and then motor turned off. the fuse that it was hooked to did not blow just the motor stopped working and won't restart.

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Check your ignition fuses under the hood of the car to see if any are blowed. They are the larger fuses; however, the truth of the matter is that your computer might of taken a spike and knocked it out...when working on electrical components it is a good idea to disconnect the battery...

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