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My 98 Bonneville won't start.

The battery seems good,(horn,lights,warning bells work) but when you turn the key,nothing.Tried it in neutral then back in park,still nothing.

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Have the battery checked for voltage and amperage. A dead cell in a battery will have power but nothing to turn the starter. If its not the battery try replacing the starter.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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U MAY HAVE A NUETRAL SAFETY SWITCH PROBLEM

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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