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It starts and then turns off. And the letters EPC are on and a picture of a car with a key.

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I think this means that immbilizor is on and you need to turn it off. There is many different ways to do this, every make of car is different. You should look in the oweners manual. if not, try to turn the key 3 times in the ignition, but dont start is. then try to start. if that wont work try and see if the key turns anticlockwise slot and then try to start it. if that does not work your immobilizor is stuck and i cant help. hope that helps.

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