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96 chevy cavalier wont start light come on

My car has a problem when I turn the key to on position its completely dead dome lights come on also all dash lights come on. The last time they tried to start it there was an odor like a burnt wire coming from the driver area around steering wheel. we tried everything. The theft light stays on and batt, check engine and brake stays on when key is in on possition. battery will loose its charge slowly within hours.

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  • Mike Sager Feb 18, 2009

    above problem, the car even has the relay for the starter installed. Once in a while you can get it to start with the key, but 90% of the time you have to turn the key on, and jump the starter. all of this even after I replaced the ignition switch. Hope you can help me . Email me at mas3068@yahoo.com thanks

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    Car wont start but engine turns also handbrake light stays on and also engine management light stays on. fitted new immobiliser and new keys and starter Please advise on the handbrake light and engine management light and Chevrolet Spark LT 2007

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Check the wire and connection at the ignition switch

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This car has a recall for the ignition wiring for a fire hazard. Contact your local chevy dealer with your vin and check and see if there are any open recalls. Recalls are fixed for free FYI

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Does the car run? please email me at meanness628@aim.com with any other info or questions

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