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Turn key fully but starter does not engage

Car is in neutral all dash lights are on .Foot brake engaged with hand brake up but starter motor not spinning.Is this a common fault? What should I check?

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What does the dash show for transmission , does it show N or key sign?

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SOURCE: gears wont engage on my smart car.

Could be one of two things Dean.
1- The transmission motor could need to be readjusted , and that is easy and always first choice. Under the car look at the transmission on the right hand side you will see a small motor with 3 bolts , loosen the bolts but do not remove , then open the ignition , do not start the car. ignition off and then tighten the bolts. Start the car and check it out. If still the same ... 2- Most probably you have a problem with the clutch and needs to be replaced.
Good luck

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