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Q: Car won't start or turn over

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Car will not start or anything but everything else works

My car has 250000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello, There could be a few things that may cause this, such as a faulty wire to the starter motor or potentially a bad starter relay. The starter relay directs power from the battery to the starter solenoid which then engages the starter when you turn the key. When this is not working properly, you may notice intermittent starting problems including no response when turning the key to start. Generally, when this does fail, it does so very randomly and usually without warning other than intermittent starting. The power from the battery will still power other accessories such as radio, horn, etc., but you may not have any power to the starter. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

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