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Problem keeping it started

When the car is started, it seem's to be loosing power' an it cut's of. so i went to check my battery an then my started. i thinking it was my started so i replaced it, an im still having the same problem now it seem to not get any kind on electricity when i turn the key. an i know for sure it has a bad oil leek but i never came around to it' because i just got the car for $500. so im asking you how to see if their's any wires touching meal or if their's another way to see why isn't it getting electricity.

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Sometimes when you check a battery if you have wiggled it then it starts it could be as simple as a loose connection or dirty posts. On a very small amount of the time the wiggle could just liven the battery up long enough to get another start out of it (this will not work over and over again). From what you write this could be in need of a battery or alternator or just cleaning the battery posts. Without more info I can not say. Does it click and do nothing? Does it make a grrr noise that kinda tapers off to nothing (like it wants to start but just can't get there)? Do the headlights work and are they bright or do they seem weak? Post any info describing any noise it makes or doesn't make (if none) and I will help you more.

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Did you got the ignition switch checked.If ignition switch itself is getting short, then it will not let the car to start.Also get the voltage at starter relay checked.If the starter relay is short, then it will not let the car to start.------------- Test the voltage at starter.If there is proper voltage to starter this will confirm, whether the relay is issue or not.----------- To test the starter try this procedure.
--------- Measure the voltage at the starter solenoid. Place the red probe on the positive battery terminal on the starter solenoid and place the negative probe on chassis ground. Have someone turn the key switch to "START" while you measure the voltage.The voltage should be approximately 12.6 volts. If the voltage is correct, there is a problem with the starter. Remove the negative battery post and check the connections on the starter.But if voltage is very low and less that 12 volts, this indicates its faulty solenoid.If you follow the wire from starter solenoid, it will reach the starter relay.That starter relay is a 12 volt part.If there is no voltage to starter or solenoid then its faulty starter relay.----------
The ignition switch is also a 12 volt part.Check the voltage at ignition switch wiring harness, there should be 12 volt.If not the switch is the issue.-------Also try wiggling the key in ignition key lock cylinder , many a times the lock cylinder gets shorted or out of line or bit loose internally.--------- Getting this possibilities checked will point towards the faulty component causing the problem.-------- This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

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the pick up coil is probably in bad shape is the electronic piece at the inside of distributor and you didn't mentioned also the connector may be in tiny pieces inside the distributor is common that they desintegrate but the new pick up coil comes with connector so dont worry about the color of wires i hope you find this of help please let me know by rating this post ad if you need further assistance i'll be happy to help thanx

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