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Q: Car won't start on 2008 Dodge Caliber

No problems over last 4 years. Battery is 3 years old. Last night turned key and nothing. Battery is 12v all electrical components check out 100%. 74xxx when I bought it, now has 135xxx. Starter? Ignition switch? Spark plugs?
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The battery being 12 volts means nothing. It doesn't indicate it can handle the load of a starter. Start testing the battery for the ability to hold a load. Then check for starter draw to see if it is excessive. Check battery cabling, fuses and relays. Don't even think of spark plugs until the engine even cranks.
Battery is fine. Have volt meters no pull of any kind. Battery and all fuses and relays test fine. Did change spark plugs because the old ones were burned up and eroded. Can pop the clutch to get car running.
Again, have the battery load tested. Voltmeters cannot tell you the state of charge or capacity to handle a load. If the vehicle starts popping the clutch, it is absolutely something in the starting system. Ensure battery is fully charged and does not fall below 10.5 volts when under a real load using a real load testing device. After this, check into the starter and related cabling, relay and fuses.
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