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When I turn the key the car jus makes noise and doesn't turn over. Would that be the starter

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If you mean it sounds like an electric motor just spins, it is your starter-the bendix gear is not kicking out and engaging the flexplate to turn the engine over. If it is just a clicking sound, it is probably a weak or dying battery.

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