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Turn on ignition switch car will not start battery is good but no starter movement unless jumped at starter

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It is either you solenoid switch or your starter gone
take it to Auto Zone or O'Reilly and let them put it on their machine. they can bring it out to your car and test it like that, and sometimes your battery may appear to be good with a jump but may have bad cells or don't have enough cranking amps for the type of vehicle you have

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