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I try to start my car and it doesnt tun over from the key, just makes the slightest noise, but if i bump start it, it will start first time, and wont stop untill stall or turn the car off thanks

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Check out how tight are the battery terminals. If you can move either of them then this is too slack. Next check the earth strap from the engine back to the car body. Again this should be good and tight with bright metal to metal contact. If everything is OK then check the voltage of the battery it should be about 12.5 volts. If 12.1 volts the battery is severely discharged. If about 10.4 volts then your battery has lost a cell and you will need to change your battery. If battery is OK then check out your starter motor and the connections to it. Initially give the motor body a clout with a length of stout timber when trying to turn the engine over. If the starter motor kicks into life and turns the engine over then it is likely that the starter motor carbon brushes need replacing.

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