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Engine will not turn over to start. new battery, spark plugs. car sat for about 6 months. put octane boost in with newgas and also used starter fluid near the fuel injectors.

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  • Sean Hope
    Sean Hope May 11, 2010

    Could it be a blown fuse, or, something ignition-related?

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Can you hear clicking or anything when you try to start it? If you hear clicking or grinding, you may just need a jump to boost amps if your starter is going out.If you hear nothing and you still have power to instrumentation and dummy lights, you may have a bad connection from the batt. to the starter. Before you go buy a new starter, try tapping on it with a small hammer on the solenoid.( the small round thing on the side of the starter) There is a magnet in there that sometimes gets hung up, especially if its dusty. Make sure that all connections are corrosion free on the battery as well as the starter. Don't forget the ground to the frame, as they can get corroded and/or loose too! Start with the batt. connection and work to the starter. Hope this helps!

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