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Motor wont turn, but lights and radio come on

I have a v6 3.1 chevrolet malibu 98. when i went to start it the yesterday the car wouldn't start. the radio goes on the lights work, but the engine doesn't turn. it happened to me once before but 2 seconds later i went to start it again, and it worked. i'm wondering what could be the problem, it's still in the parking lot at work, i'm going today to try to start it again. can anyone help me?? thank you.

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  • crazy_wom479 May 30, 2009

    hello, i don't know what you mean my the security light. i boosted the batterie for 30 mins and nothing changed. the first time it happened all the lights came on (when the radio came on) and then when i turned the key to start the car everything shut off (all the lights in the dash)

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    badenhop May 11, 2010

    Is the security light coming on on the dash?

    You may try popping the hood, disconnecting the battery for about 30 minutes, reconnecting it, and trying to start it.


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The starter may be going bad,if you can reach under the car in the front-if there is no plastic covers in the way,hit the starter a couple of times,the brushes may be going bad and the vibration will move the brushes inside the starter enough to work temperarily.if that helps then replace the starter.

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