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Whats the problem with my car, when its starts with a wire from the battery to the starter, but not with the key, but the radio plays and all the lights on the dash is on, it maks no sound when i try to start it with the key.

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What year,mileage and engine size does your Sunfire have? I suspect that the cause is the starter relay,but would need the previous info to help. Let me know,thanks.

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