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I turn the key and it makes a noise but the engine doesn't turn over. I think it may be the soleoid? or maybe the starter. It started a few days ago but made a strange noise then the engine started to crank and it started. I have recharged the battery but the engine doesn't crank.

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Sounds like the stater replace it and solve the problem.

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