Question about 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier
1996 Z24 2.4L DOHC
I just bought this car knowing it didn't start. I guess you could say its a project car. The guy said that when it died and never started again, that he was driving down the road around 45mph.....the car started to over heat and he pulls over..... the car dies and never started again.
After i purchased, put it on a trailer, and got it to the house i charged the battery. I tried to start it and it sounds like it is sputtering and bucking somewhat.... almost like it is out of time. I have scoured the internet looking for different problems/solutions and found it could be a timing chain issue, a water pump, a timing tensioner, coil pack (there are 2 of them), anti theft something or other, or a clogged converter. The guy also said that it did leak water near the water pump. Could the water pump going out prevent the car from starting?
I would like to see if anyone has some answeres.
Let me know if you need more information.
Thanks in advance
Although a water pump is a iisue with this car and costs a fortune to replace it is not the reason why the car will not start.
I suspect you have a coil pack problem but you first need to establish whether you are missing gas or spark.
When you turn on the key do you hear the fuel pump start. If not you may want to push the pluf in the fuel line to see if you have fuel. If there is no fuel replace fuel pump.. ( In fuel tank.)
If you have fuel and no spark you replace col pack or crank sensor. A OBD 2 reader will tell you whats the problem if you have no spark but it usually doesn't alert you if there is no fuel.
Posted on Jun 10, 2009
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