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1991 Chevy Cavalier cranks but won't turn over

I have a 91 cavalier that tries to start, but only will sporadically with the use of starter spray in the intake. My question is, how bad is it to keep driving it by using the starter spray to start it? I'm broke and CANNOT afford to get work done on it right now and don't have the knowledge or means to change the fuel pump myself (if that is the acual problem). Am I causing more damage to the car running it this way, and do I risk being stuck somewhere with a car that won't start?? PLEASE HELP!!!! I'm currently unemployed and NEED this car for interviews and the whole job search... THANKS!!!

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  • iffn7 Dec 12, 2008

    Thanks Tripleauto, ANY and all info is really appreciated!!! I'm wondering though, if you don't think it is the fuel pump, what do you think that it may be? Please keep answers to a sub novice level- I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to cars.. THANKS AGAIN!!!

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So after a shot of starting fluid it runs? then pump is probably not the problem.be sure the fluid you are using has upper cylinder lubriicant in it. It is not good for car but probably wont cause any permanent damage as long as you dont overdue it.the problem comes in with washing the cylinders down and this will cause excessive wear.good luck to you on your job search and hope it all works out for you. As far as being stranded this is unknown if it starts getting worse and worse probably will

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    TripleTauto Dec 12, 2008

    once you get it started it runs fine? it is possible check valve in pump is letting all the fuel drain out of lines so it would have to pump fuel all the way back up kinda like when you run out of water and get air and stuff in lines so when you cut faucet on you get air and noise and water all together. if this is the case try cutting key on for 5seconds then off try this three or four times in a row this will cycle pump if it cranks on own then this is most likely problem and that is easier than spraying each time

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