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My car won't start. I bought a new battery. The alternator is fine and so is the starter. What else could make the car not start? Please help. Thanks.

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    Teresa Jones Jul 05, 2010

    Ok so my brother told me to add oil and I did. I added I quart of oil and the car started. However I am still puzzled as too what could be giving this problem. Any suggestions.

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New battery? This means that you recently disconnected the battery? Its possible that you have activated the Passlock Inmobilizer System, so you need disarm this system. Check you owners manual for details.

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