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My car has been slow to crank the past few days. I have jumped it once. Now it tries to crank normally but will not. When I just tried to start it the horn started blowing and would not turn off for about 15 seconds?still will not crank HELP

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How old is the battery. it may not be holding a charge. or cables and battery post might need to be cleaned.

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