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When trying to start my car it is turning over but wont start. I have been told that it was either the alternator or battery. What can I do?

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If the engine is turning over (cranking) then the battery is good. If the battery does not have enough power to start the car, then that will need to be checked first. If the engine cranks and wont start, then a mechanic will need to check it over.

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Try using a jump start lead to give it power.

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