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I have a 1999 Chevy Lumina 3.1.. Car won't crank with key in..checked purple wire on steering column with test light..and test light just flashes... no power with relay on starter.. can jump across the starter, car will run for 10 seconds and shut off...HELP!!

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Sounds like igniction switch is bad.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013

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does it have a coded key?

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You said the the 2 cylinders in the middle has no fire. That will be 2 & 3. It has 2 coil packs. One runs 1 & 4 the other runs 2 & 3. Check the coil pack that runs 2 & 3....The firing order is 1,3,4,2... It runs because it hits,miss,hits,miss....just enough to keep it running....

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SOURCE: 99 chevy cavalier theft system light on steady, car wont crank.

My 2000 cavalier has done this for 6 months. You take your key out then open your door, wait ten minutes and the system resets itself and the car will start-annoying you bet!!!

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