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My 2002 gran am will not start. I got a jump and it started, let it run for 20 minutes, and the next day the same thing happened. When I turn the ignition the car sounds like its getting enough power, but the engine doesn't seem to ignite and start.

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Not enough power from battery (bad connection).
Disconnect each battery cable and clean cable clamps and battery posts. The dirty stuff is a "ressistor" and gets hot; battery looses starting amperage.
It should start up ok. No additional things need to be done for this.

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