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My '92 chev cavalier has trouble with cold starting all of the sudden plus my check engine light came on. I've also noticed my fan is running when I finally do get it started. It's telling

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Go to autozone and they will scan your ride and tell you what's wrong and it's free.

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Could you give more detail as to what it's doing exactly? Is it having a hard time cranking the engine or does the engine crank but not want to get started?

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P0300 is random multiple misfire. If its been more then 3years since the last tune-up, do one. Usually it is caused by debris inside the distributor cap but could also be plugs wires, fuel and air filter.

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Try cycling the ignition on and off three times, Turn the ignition to the run till the check engine light turns off on the dash and then turn it off and do it again three times to pressurize the fuel line. Then start it, your fuel filter may be dirt or the fuel check valve at the fuel pump may be bad making you loose your fuel prime. Start with replacing the fuel filter first and let me know if that helps and let me know if cycling the ignition to pressurize the fuel line helped. 

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There is also a fan relay near the battery on the drivers side.. Usually you will find a burnt wire and melted contact when you remove the plug from the relay also feel the wires by hand if one is getting hot the connection is poor....

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I had the same problem on my 2001 Sunfire (same car as the Cavalier-different branding) which I was able to fix successfully.

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I simply replaced the O2 sensor (it took me 10 minutes). I did not reset the check engine light after the repair as I wanted to see what the car would do on its own. The idle was much smoother with no smoke and the cooling fan stopped running unnecessarily. After 1/2 mile down the road, the Trac light went away and the system functioned normally. I tested this by trying to accelerate quickly up a snowy driveway. I also noticed that the acceleration and shifting (auto tranny) were smoother. I reset the check engine light. All is satisfactory.


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By the time you get done replacing parts ( an it still won't start ) It would have cost less at a qualified repair shop.

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