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Dead Engine Brand new battery. But car still will not start. Its an auto & I can't even get i out of park..! Thinking starter motor but looking for suggestions????

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AQny power at all? Turn on headlights. Are they on? Yes/no.
Yes: Try to start the engine. Does it turn over on the starter? Or do the lights go out? If no cranking and no lights, check the battery terminals for correct contact, remove and clean/ refit as necessary 'til engine WILL crank (assuming battery has good charge).
No: Same with battery terminals. Try again.
That you can't even get it from park: With the ignition turned on? Look at the battery connections for this, once again. Without power, transmissions cannot be shifted.

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