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How could I tell if the ignition switch is bad or the starter

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Check for voltage at starter with key tunred to start. Please see my tip at http://www.fixya.com/cars/r6222268-engine_doesnt_crank_turn_over . These are generic instructions. If you get stuck or need specific instructions for your car, please get back to me with model, year and engine info.

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now by kind off you will see what i mean..

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