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Car won't start, no lights in panel turn on, engine doesn't make clicking noise nor does it crank

Replaced ignition switch, now car won't start my malibu has a similar problem. The car would not start this morning, however all the lights in the panel and the radio did start. Then after a couple tries none of the panels turned on. No clicking or cranking of the engine was heard at any point in time. Charged up the battery, seems to be working fine. Please advise?

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    My 2001 Dodge Stratus 2.7 magnum 4 door car will not start. None of the lights or radio will come on when I try to start the car either. The engine makes no noises or clicks when I try to turn the key in the ignition. The battery is not even 1yr old so I have a feeling that's not the problem. I have the battery charging over night and I would like some suggestions for when it is charged. Should I somehow check the starter engine or a fuse? Help please?

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Hi..
its a simple thing....The battery has run down flat or the starter has gone bad. check the two.... ur problem is solved.. rate me fixya

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