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Allternator works. battery has 12.6 volt charge. replaced started last weekend. my 98 contour still will not start. There is no clicking when trying to turn it over. Is there anything else that i can try?

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Check your relays and starter fuses. These can be damaged by any work done to the car without disconnecting the battery first. especially starter work.

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