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Had new starter moter new batery last week but some day after driving then stop engine wont start again

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Have the battery recharged, then check the charging system. if not charging, you can run for a while on battery then it will die (makes me wonder if you really needed a starter)

  • Shadytreeman May 11, 2010

    possible issues.
    1) your alternater is not charging (I think it has two stage charging i.e. rpm related)

    2) bad electrical connection HT cable or earth ******** the starter.

    Check the battery leads are clean and secure.Fully charge the battery, if it then starts ok, its the alternator. which a local electrician can check for you.

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    Lestat May 11, 2010

    is it making a clicking noise when you go to start? could be solenoid

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It could be the alternator

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