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Engine won't start

Battery is good and I cleaned the terminals but engine won't turn over. Should I be looking into a new alternator or a starter/solenoid part first?

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Bad cable or like you said solonoid
also could be dead cell in battery
if your getting spark the alternator is doing its job

ignition coil

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To check your wiring, look for the "1" terminal on the back of the alternator (left side of spade terminal connector). When you turn the ignition key to the run position without starting the engine, the alternator warning light should be at full brightness. If the bulb is burned out, the alternator will not get the excitation current it needs to start up (it goes through the bulb). With the engine running, you should measure 12 Volts at the 1 terminal (this is the excitation terminal).

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When completed, Reconect the Positive Battery cables firt! Then, the Negative Cables. Make sure they are all making good contact and are nice & tight. Now, check your battery voltage again with the car off! It should be 12.5 volts or more. Re-start the car, Check the battery voltage for 13.5 to 15.5 volts. IF - YES....IT'S FIXED! IF - NOT.... Turn the car OFF & look for a small black conector that plugs into the side or under the Alternator. It will have only (1) small RED wire going to it.
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