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Engine wont start, battery works cause radio, a/c and lights are on. i can hear the electricity but no crank.

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It is not necessarily the starter. It may be wiring/fuel pump/etc. I have the same problem going on and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the starter.....

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Replace the starter

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