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I replaced the alternator, new battery, cable terminals and still won't start, I don't evev hear a click

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Have solenoid & starter tested at any good parts store. (As silly as it sounds, - is it in neutral/park?)

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To check your wiring, look for the "1" terminal on the back of the alternator (left side of spade terminal connector). When you turn the ignition key to the run position without starting the engine, the alternator warning light should be at full brightness. If the bulb is burned out, the alternator will not get the excitation current it needs to start up (it goes through the bulb). With the engine running, you should measure 12 Volts at the 1 terminal (this is the excitation terminal).

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