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Q: Car won't turn over

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The motor is not turning over.

Hi there. Without knowing exactly what kind of vehicle this is I can only give you some general information. The most common cause of a not crank issue is a bad battery. The battery needs to be load tested to see if it has failed. If it passes a load test then the problem may be a bad connection at the battery or a bad starter. Though there are a lot of other problems that can occur these are the most common. A mechanic would start by checking to see if the battery is failing and then checking for power at the starter. If there is power there and it is not cranking then the starter would be replaced. If there is no power then a more in depth diagnostic is needed.

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