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Will not turn over w key NOW no spark

Has'nt started with key all year, so I've been jumping it, no big deal, just a pain. Now last week I get no spark, tried a differant lamanate, nothing

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I hate to sound obvious, but if you are starting it by jumping it, than the problem may not lie in the circut or ignition, but it may be a battery problem. Have you checked the battery to make sure that is a full charge?

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