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98 cavalier starter

Lights work no dimming fuel pump cycles no noise bat ok and can turn by hand

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  • MYTY89 Jan 15, 2009

    fuel pump , everything comes on when turn the key. Expect the fuel pump.

    its not a mummm its like a bad radio station.

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    I also have a 98 cavalier that won't start when I turn the key, I thought that the security system had activated, but found out that when I turn the key, I was getting power to the starter relay on one side, but nothing to the the other side that goes to the exciter wire on the starter solenoid, I removed the relay and jumped the two connections with a paperclip (temporary of course), and now I can start the car with the key. I can't seem to find any wiring diagrams on the relay, I know that one side comes from the ignition and goes to the PRNDLE switch and to the relay and the other side goes to the exciter on the starter, but does anyone know where the other two prongs go to? should they have constant power?

  • John Jon May 11, 2010

    So what is your trouble?

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    But...When you turn the key, is there power at the small single lead on the solenoid? If you jump across the two leads on the solenoid does it crank???(in park) Or, with the brake on (footbrake, with your foot firmly on it) try moving the shift lever slowly through the gears. (may be a neutral switch gone bad) What happened before you couldn't start it? Any big bumps or crashes? Do you have a remote start switch in there?



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Replace the Relay going from the starter that is bolted on the frame above the cooling fan. When the security system is enabled it cuts the power going to the fuel pump and disables it.

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Need to run fuel pump pressure test. To check for faulty fuel pump or relay problem.

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