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Car is struggling to start

My car was stuttering a bit on the road the other day but is also slow to start taking a couple of goes on the ignition before it does The car is a Renault Megane 1.4 16v Dynamique

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    2006 renault megane 1500 deisel estate car not starting electricial shut down completly steering locked unable to start motor



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You may have an alternator thats getting weak

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