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WHEN ENGINE HOT STARTER MOTOR STRUGGLES TO TURN OVER FOR STARTING AS IF HIGH RESISTANCE, COULD IT BE STARTER PROBLEM OR OTHER? CAR HAS VERY HIGH MILEAGE. (FORD [EUROPE]ESCORT XR3i EFI 1990)

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My guess would be silenoid or starter.
Good Luck !

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