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94 cavalier cranks, ignites, then stalls

I have a 1994 cavalier that will turn over, ignite, and then stall. if you continue holding the key in the start position, the vehicle continues to run. let the key fall back to the run position, the engine dies. the fuel pump works, and with a test light, the wires by the exhaust head are all getting power at ignition. i also test lighted the ignition module, and all circuits appeared as live on ignition. all grounds on the vehicle are good, the spark is good, and it was running fine until this. however, when you turn the engine over, the auto locks try to engage. it's been suggested that it's the ignition switch in the steering column. I'm out of ideas, and need help. thank you.

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  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

    I have the same problem as of this morning. Does the cold have anything to do with it?

  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2009

    my car has a hard time starting in the morning, but after i get it started it is fine for the rest of the day... today i did not drive it at all today. i went to leave later in the day, but this time it would not start at all... it made the noises like it was trying to start up but it just wouldn't start.... PLEASE HELP!!! I'm a full-time college student n i need to get to school!

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    my ignition switch lock up when i got it to turn everything worked but daytime running lights and when switch was turn to make headlights work they did not come on. replaced with new ignition switch still having problem getting key to turn and whenit does turn and start car head lights still dont work. any ideas? fuses are good



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Most scanners will only give you a code for 1995 and up. But it seems that it could be a Crankshaft Position Sensor.Try disconnecting the negative battery cable and let it sit for a few minutes. then reconnecting it back. if not you can go to Autozone and they will scan your car with a very expensive scanner and give you a code. they usually do it for free. I think it's either the CPS or some other densor such as the MAP, MAF . You can only know if the engine is scanned.

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