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Q: Car won't start; battery OK

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My car won't start even though the battery seems fine.

A: Hello. If the engine is cranking over and t...

Hello. If the engine is cranking over and the car is not starting then it is not a battery issue. The most common cause of this on your car is a bad crank sensor or a fuel pump that may have failed. If it is not cranking when you attempt to start it then you may have a battery, battery cable, or starter problem. The battery should be load tested first. If the battery is fine then I would typically use a voltage meter to check the voltage getting to the starter. If it is getting the proper voltage and it still does not crank then the starter is more than likely bad. If you do not plan on fixing this yourself, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose and repair you starting issue.

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