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Won't start i just put in new starter and battery and car still does not start mechanic says sensor is not sending battery charge to starter but can't find sensor it's a 96 vw jetta. when you try to turn on the car it clicks. starts sometimes, but not every time

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There is no sensor that controls the starter motor, i suspect the problem lies with the ignition switch, there will be a single thin wire going to the starter motor, this needs to have battery voltage at it when you crank the ignition switch if you do not have battery voltage there then check it as it comes out of the ignition switch, i hope this helps

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