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I believe i have a short in my ground starter ground wire, occasinally the car will not start, the battery has plenty of charge and i get a clicking sound-typical of a starter, the car will respond to a jump start and even if i shut it off it will restart. Occasionally though it will not start and i think it has to do with the ground, any advice?

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