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I want to know why the car is not starting when turning key but starts when using gears

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    How you turn the key on and how you use the gears ? pls write your problem with enough details to understand it and allow us to find a solution for you.

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Either the starter, solenoid, battery, or ignition is faulty. Starter and battery can be tested for free at most part stores. Or the neutral safety switch is faulty which is common

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