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Hello community, first time posting here and wanted some feedback into a problem I ran into. As the title suggests I have a Mustang that won't start up. I've checked the battery terminals and tried jump starting it to no avail.

All the lights come on, stereo works and everything but it won't turn over. When I turn the ignition to start I hear a very distinct "electronic screech" for a second then it tries to turn over when I try to start it but nothing. I have not had the battery tested but a week prior to this has same issue without starting and a jumpstart got it running and turned on fine a few days later. During this time of year last year had issues with start up and took it to an electrician to have it checked for possible parasitic drains and he found nothing. Since than no problems starting until now where it won't even start up. These are probably two different scenarios but the likely cause might be a faulty starter this time around. Any help would be appreciated as the car is sitting in the drive way and probably might have to get it towed to find a solution
 

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Yes it sounds like a starter issue, but could be a low battery also, did you try to jump it again? Do the lights dim a lot when you hit the starter? Hope it is a simple fix.
 

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I tried jump starting it multiple times and they don't seem to dim. My guess is the starter but jumping starting it before got it to turn over and never knew a starter could go out like that in a few days.
 

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A starter can fail with little to no notice.
You mentioned that there is a "screech" noise when you turn the ignition to the start position. I believe that your car has a fender mounted starter solenoid. Have someone try to start the engine while you listen in the engine compartment for the source of that noise. If the noise is coming from the starter solenoid, it is likely that is the cause of your problem.
 

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In the old days we take a pair of pliers and jump across the solenoid to see if it would start thus determining if the solenoid was bad.
 

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In the old days we take a pair of pliers and jump across the solenoid to see if it would start thus determining if the solenoid was bad.
I used a wooden handle screw driver to jump across the starter motor on a company truck when I was stuck 1,000 miles from home back in the day.
 
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