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I have a 1998 Honda Accord. Lately, the car won't start until I move the battery cables. The alarm goes off and the car then starts. Last night it happened again but this time it didn't start. The only thing that happened was that all the lights on the dashboard lit up and then went off. I unplugged both cables of the battery and then connected the two cables and the alarm went off and I was able to turn the car on. The alarm did not come with the car, I had someone install it. I'm not sure if it's the alarm not letting the car start or if it's the battery. The battery is only a couple months old. Help anyone?

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Make sure the battery cables are clean and very tight. if it's starting once you move the cables it sounds like they are loose or maybe have a break in the cable line itself

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Could be a loose or dirty battery connection, poor battery, or alternator. Check all the cables and connections to your starter. Clean your battery posts. Have your alternator and battery checked. It sounds like you are either running off just the battery or just the alternator. One of them is not right.

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