Q: Q: Engine won't crank

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The engine won't crank.

Hi. There can by many reasons why the engine is not cranking, the first thing I would check is to make sure that the battery is charged and in good working order. Many times a vehicle will not crank simply because there is not enough power in the battery, however that is only the first thing that needs to be checked. There are many reasons, as to why a vehicle would not want to start, anything from corroded terminals, to bad wiring. As problems like these can sometimes be hard to pinpoint, I would recommend having the vehicle’s electrical components diagnosed by a professional technician, so that the correct repairs can be done.

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