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My battery was tested under a lode and it shows to be good. It was tested more than one time. The battery cables and connections are clean and don't show and problems. I tried to jump start the truck and put the battery on a charger. The starter hasn't made any sound that would indicate that it might be going bad. When I try to start the truck it won't start and it acts like the battery is bad. When I put the key in the ignition it beeps but when I turn the key I get nothing. Any suggestions?

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If you vehicle has an automatic transmission then it's a failing neutral safety switch.

The quick way to test,is to put your foot on the brake and shift the gear selector to neutral "N" and try to start the car.

Shift the selector back to PARK "P" to let the car warm up.

If you can start on N and not P then you need to replace the neutral safety switch.

A loose /worn out shifter linkage and starter relay must be inspected as the same time.

If you your car is a stick shift then just check check on the starter relay.

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