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No power to the whole car

Went to start car and had no power to any part of the car,the battery is good and the connections are tight and clean,don't know where to start

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    tony May 11, 2010

    did you try to jump the car? or because you have lights you think the battery is good? i need to know so i can help.

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Look at your ignition thats were I would start. Do your headlights come on when you pull the headlight switch with the keys out?

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