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Starter on Sunfire won't crank

I have a 97 sunfire, and was trying to start the thing when it was about minus 30 degrees celceus outside, the car was cranking but did not start. I went to try it the next day and the starter would not even crank, so I thought I fried my starter so I replaced it, and was still getting the same problem, the starter won't crank. I tested the starter with jumper cable and the engine started for 2 seconds then shut down. I don't know where or what a fuseable link is and can't find it. Also the Theft lock light is on solid, so I don't know if this is caused from it barely starting in the cold weather. How can I tell if this is the problem. How can I tell if it is my ignition switch or fuseable link, or ignition coil.
Any help would be great,
Thanks, Russ

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  • rrusty Dec 28, 2008

    How can I tell if this is the problem, since all sevice lights come on as well.

  • rrusty Dec 29, 2008

    Does anyone know where the fuseible link is?

  • rrusty Dec 31, 2008

    O.K, I jump started the starter and had someone inside the car pushing on the gas padal, the car started and ran, when I turned the car off after 5 min, the same problem happened. The starter would not crank over. If my theft lock was activated the car should not rn when I jumped the starter right. I have no clue now.

  • rrusty Jan 03, 2009

    I am taking the car in to have the ignition switch replaced, is there also another one for the starter? I have not took it in for any recalls yet.

  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers May 11, 2010

    if the theft light is on then the kill switch probably needs to be reset.



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Has the starter recall be done to the car yet if so it should have relay added to syatem and starter wire cut inhave with purple wire run to small wire on starter.

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