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Engine will not start. Battery was believed to be bad. Replaced with new battery and the engine still will not start. I cant hear any clicking in the ignition, no attempt of the engine to turn over.....nothing.

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Clean battery cables. will it start with jumper cables on it?

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I believe your battery is low or no longer can crank the engine at the time it is engaging. The clicking sound you hear is the starter solenoid engaging. If the amount of "juice" was up to specs. the cars' engine should turn over.

A recommend having someone jump start your car using jumper cables. This will take your battery's job away and tell you if the battery is bad. If your car starts, then you know you have a bad battery.

If you do not have a jump possibility, you can take the battery to an auto parts store and they can check the battery for starting capability. I would rather you get a jump start, since the store has a job of selling you a new battery and I have been "burned" by stores in the past.

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