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Starter will not engage. have new battery. sometimes car starts. sometimes not. when it won't start, jumping will start it. mechanics can't find the problem.

Starter will not engage. have new battery. sometimes car starts. sometimes not. when it won't start, jumping will start it. mechanics can't find the problem.

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  • Jakey40 May 29, 2009

    No - there is no noise. It is just dead. Battery is brand new.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    is the purple wire at the starter solenoid getting a 12 volt signal when the key is held in the crank position? do u have a security light flashing in the dash?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    do u hear a click noise from the engine area when it won't start?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    when its jumped started it starts

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May be you should check your sparking plug first . then the oxygen filter , if not change your rotor

Posted on May 29, 2009

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