Tip & How-To about Chevrolet Cavalier

Car won't start? try this!

Is your car clicking when you try to start it?
does it make u think your battery is low, but it isnt?

There are two reasons for this.

Reason #1 (most common)
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our starter solenoid will click but nothing else when u try to start your car if your starter is not getting enough power from the battery. This can be caused by a low battery, however it can fake you out and seem like that battery was getting weaker and weaker over time even tho what was actually happening was that the grounding cable (black thick wire) going from the battery to the starter or a bolt on something metal under your hood may actually be degrading over time and need replacement.

Fix: #1
test your ground cable with starter cables! put the negative(black) on the battery then the other black end on anything metal that doesnt move and is not painted. also make sure its not in a spot that could loosen and fall into moving parts if the engines starts. Try starting your engine. If it starts you now know that your ground cable is bad. They are about $5 at autozone and 2 bolts to replace. Just follow it from the battery down to where its bolted on.

Reason #2
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our starter solenoid could be bad. If you hear a clicking and you tried the above to no avail. You may need a new solenoid. Its the small cylinder looking thing attached to your starter. To replace the solenoid you will have to remove your starter. Some makes and models don't allow you to purchase the solenoid separately.

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our starter solenoid will click but nothing else when u try to start your car if your starter is not getting enough power from the battery. This can be caused by a low battery, however it can fake you out and seem like that battery was getting weaker and weaker over time even tho what was actually happening was that the grounding cable (black thick wire) going from the battery to the starter or a bolt on something metal under your hood may actually be degrading over time and need replacement.

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