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Car starte pefectly till yesterday morning. Then it sounded as if battery was flat, but we push started without a problem. drove around yesterday and started regularly. This morning apart from one effort by the engine no response, we tried to tow start car dead as a dodo. No power coming from battery. All fuses seem in order. Battery is 3 years old and never given problems. What about solenoid/starter motor??

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No, you should be asking what is my battery voltage. As taken from a voltmeter, a multi-meter, or a digital volt-ohm meter. You really need to know the battery's state of charge before proceeding to question the starter or solenoid. You could have a loose connection somewhere that is not allowing the alternator to re-charge the battery when the engine is running. That sounds to me more likely what the problem is.
When properly charged, your 3 year old battery should show a minimum of 12.5 volts, some people say it must be 12.6 volts, but that is how defined the process is. And that is why you should invest in a cheap voltmeter, a DVOM is best for automotive work, considering all the small current electronics on modern cars. Just see what your battery voltage is-that is the first step in diagnosing. Did you even think of seeing how bright the headlights were? Or watching them when trying to start the engine? If they get real dim or go out altogether, your battery is too flat!
You can easily check your charging system once the engine is running. Put the voltmeter back on the battery when engine is running, and the voltage should now be over 13 volts, 13.5 volts is very good. Most systems run in the 13.5 to 14.5 volts range. But anything over 13 volts means the alternator is doing it's job.

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