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Car starts and sometimes don't. when it doesn't want to start it is like its dead. how do you check to see if it is the starter relay or the starter?

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Sounds more like dirty/corroded battery cable connections...these are imperative to allow full charge/cranking when starting, and recharging your battery too. Hope this helps.

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