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Battery is hot. Will not turn over. Just like a safety switch

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It will be amazing if battery is turning over... never know about a car with battery turning over...

now, to clarify - i do understand that you are petro head and therefore not many brain cells - but if you need help - give us at least a chance, what manufacturer, model and what is the problem, what did you try to solve it...

if battery is hot - it suggest short somewhere, be it in circuit or battery itself.

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