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Battery good, starter good, Alternator good. Car will not start or even turn over. All dash etc; lights but no further action. Any idea what could be wrong. you can hot wire it buy not crank it

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  • Ian Summerfield
    Ian Summerfield Jul 07, 2010

    starter must be faulty if it wont even turn over,unless its hydrauliced.take plugs out and c if it will turn over

  • Thomas Enslin Jul 07, 2010

    My name is Tom and I can help you. Have you made sure to check all the wires? This means spark plug and battery cables. If so have you any shorts or "hot wires" under the dash? Any other information about the car. For instance. can you jump start the car? This tells me a lot. The more info I get the more I can help.



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Most likely it is a Starter Solenoid or ignition switch if starter turns but motor does not crank the bendix may not be kicking in on the starter even if it is turning also check flywheel for broken teeth.....Good Luck

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