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Car won't start, light dim but headlights still on

Car won't start, lights dim on dashboard but headlights remain on......car turns over slightly then makes a gear sticking machine gun repetition sound........and when the car started the first time before not starting again, no power when i stepped on the accelerator pedal.

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I would start with getting your battery & altnator checked. remove them both and take them to the local parts house to be tested. The normally do this for free. The lack of power on the pedal is from a lack of voltage in the battery. If i was to guess i would say your Alt. is no longer charging the way it should.

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