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Replaced starter, now turns over, but no start

Was having problems with original starter "kicking out" before starting engine, so I replaced starter. Now when key is turned on, I don't hear fuel pump run at the beginning for 2-3 seconds like before. Engine will turn over and over but doesn't start at all. Theft system light is on now, but don't remember if it was on before, prior to always starting for indiacator lamp check process. Have checked all fuses under hood and in fuse box for bad fuse, but all are have power going thru it. Tried disconnecting batery overnight, but same no start condition.

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Make sure all wires were reconected to starter

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