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1998 Saturn SL1 won't start

The car has had no problems up until now. I started the car just fine, and it drove just fine, but when I shut it off and left it for about a half an hour, it wouldn't start back up. I tried using jumper cables, but the radio/lights still work, all the car does is click when you turn the key. Any ideas on what I need to do??

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Starter/solenoid is the first thing...make sure battery is ok

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Try cleaning the battery terminals and the battery cables take like some sand paper about 150 grit and sand the area on the battery where the cables hook up then sand the end of the battery cables hook battery back up and try to start the car.

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

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