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My car turns over slow when starting. The clock goes to 12:00 after starting,but radio programmed stations are still there. The battery is okay and cables and new starter.

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This is a power problem, probably with connections on the battery. How do you know the battery is good?
Assuming the battery is good (and I wouldn't) the next most likely issue would be the connections right at the battery. Make sure they are clean and tight.

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