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The car will not turn over, the motor is not locked up, whe think the problem may be electrical. The battery, altenator, and starter are good, but the car will not start, it will click one time when you try to start the car. what would make this happen?

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You are loosing connection from the battery to the starter under load, clean the battery terminals and the ground at the engine and the positive at the starter

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