Q: Car not starting.

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My car won't start.

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There are a lot of reasons a car won’t start from a dead battery to internal engine problems. An engine needs three things to run: spark, fuel and compression. A trained technician, such as one from YourMechanic, has the necessary equipment to test for each of these requisites, saving you both time and money.

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