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Old 10-13-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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Yet another car not starting thread

Hi guys, my car doesn't crank when I turn the key. Usually when I don't turn my car on for 2-3 days it has trouble starting up. It cranks a little longer then usual, but eventually starts up. I usually don't let it get past 2-3 days. But this past week I haven't driven the car at all (so 6-7 days it's been laying around) and now when I turn the key the engine does not even crank.

I've searched a bit and most people suggested a flat battery and bad fuel pump. My fuel pump is only a few months old so I'm pretty sure it's still good (it also churns when the key is in position 2). I tried boosting the battery but still no good. My voltage is at 12.0 - 12.1 without being connected to another car. And around 13.9 - 14.0 when it is connected to another battery. Those voltages are fine to start up the car right?

What are other common issues that would prevent a car from cranking?
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