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My car acts like it wants to start but it doesnt. I cleaned the batterry cause it had a little bit of corrosion on it and it still did the same thing. What could it be?

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First are we sure the battery is good an it has good voltage and has a good charge if that good check the wires on the starter and see if there tight if they are .I would say your starter has seen its better days,I hope this helps you and thanks

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