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My car won't start

We got the engine rebuilt in September and now I can't start the car. What could the problem be?

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If it doesn't turn over check the battery cables and recharge the battery. If the battery is fully charged the cables are clean and tight and it still won't turn over, remove and test the starter. If it turns over but doesn't start you have to test for spark and fuel. Put some gasoline in an old clean dish soap bottle (or similar squirt bottle) and spray some gas past the throttle body plates, then reconnect the rubber air inlet duct to the throttle body and try starting. If it starts and then stalls, then the fuel pump isn't working. Check the fuse, relay and pump. If there's no spark check for power to the coils. No power means you have a problem with either the theft deterrent system, the ignition switch, crank position sensor or the computer. Look and see if the theft deterrent system light is on when your trying to start it. If the theft light is on then you need a new key or ignition cylinder. Sometimes wiping the key with some rubbing alcohol, and squirt some in the ignition cylinder (you can use lock de-icer as it's just alcohol) will make it easier for the key chip to be read. And if you have two sets of keys try the other set. Power to the coils but not starting may be from corrosion between the coil pack and the metal ground plate underneath it (remove the coils and clean the metal base with steel wool, spay some silicone or WD40 on the metal to prevent more corrosion before reassembling) If that doesn't work you'll need a new coil pack.

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