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Clutch Adjustment the problem?

Car doesn't start. Thought it was the clutch switch so I replaced it, Still want start. Has battery, starter doesn't even click...any ideas?

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If the starter is good but does not engage then you may have a bad starter solenoid. This is a seperate component which send the electrical pulse to the starter. This is actually what you will hear click and not the starter itself.

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