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Battery is good, won't turn over, seems to be a safety switch of some kind not engaged

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Could be. Do you have automatic or manual trans?

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.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010

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