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Quite a few things
broken or shorting wire to the immobilizer from the lock barrel
battery on the way to failure
starter not spinning fast enough due to worn or damaged brushes
engine timing a bit out
no spark to the plugs if a petrol engine
fuel system problems injectors,fuel pumps and wiring to them
contaminated fuel
no compression on one or more cylinders could be valves or rings
one or more sensors faulty
engine control module faulty

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PROCEDURE 2
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PROCEDURE 3
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Time required: 16 minutes or more.
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Test Procedure
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