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Car will not start. has charged battery, and will not make any noise when the ignition is turned to start.

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  • whiteboy0ne Jul 29, 2008

    battery is good, connections are clean and tight, starter tested good

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The starter is not the culprit..

Check out the starter solenoid.


Now. depending on what year the cars are, it could be the distributer/cap. Newer ones will not have that.

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