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Car will not start

I turn the key and the car will not start, the engine won't even attempt to start there is no sound. All the light on the dash come on and I just took it to the shop a week ago and they thought it was the battery so replaced that but it still happened today and I was stuck. what could it be the starter?

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    Chuck Martin May 11, 2010

    What does the anti-theft light do when it is doing this. Does it come on for a couple of secs then go out or does it flash rapidly?

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It could be a faulty radio unit. I had the same thing happen to my 99 taurus and that ended up being the problem.

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Try the fuel pump

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It could be your starter solenoid

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