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You have a 1986 Chevy cavalier you have power to everything but the car will not turn over and the starter and the alternator are new so what should I check?

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2005-10-13 23:26:03
2005-10-13 23:26:03

I would check the power right at the starter. Either the solenoid on the starter is defective or the connections/ battery are poor.

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