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My girlfriend just purchased an 08 Chevy Cobalt for $2500. The guy she bought it from said that it just had a bad battery, so I jumped it and it started right up. I drove it around and everything was great, so I couldnt pass up on the price. I took the battery to have it tested and charged and everything was fine with the battery but the car still wont start. I assume it has to be a bad starter? Every time i jump the car it starts up fine. I can even sometimes restart the car without a jump after it runs a while. The guy tried unsuccessfully to put a remote starter on the car and I didnt know if that could also be the problem? Has 110,000 miles on it. Also the engine doesn't even try to to turn over. All of the lights, horn and radio will turn on when the car isn't running. .
Generally speaking, if the starter was dead it would not jump start.
Sounds like the key switch or the neutral safety switch.
You would need to know if the starter has power when the key is in the start position.
Posted on Feb 15, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Car battery won't stay charged.
jumped battery started next day attempted to start and was dead i swapped out a battery no good then i swapped out the terminals to the battery and it started right up
Posted on Aug 13, 2008
sounds to me that you have an igniton problem not a starter problem and or if you have or had an alarm system could be cause if u do give me feedback and i will explain but seems that your starter is fine from what u say but if you think in terms of the elemts to start a vehicle batery gives pwoer to ignition which sends to starter which gives spark etc i would check you ignition system something is causeing a short and not alowing starter to function
Posted on Feb 10, 2009
SOURCE: cadillac 2004 cts, wont start
i had a 2003 ctc that did the same thing, it wouldn't start or would make a clicking sound and about 1 mth after the problem started aND mechanics could not find a problem my car caught on fire and burned completely from something under the right side of the hood. i had just parked the car and got out, it happened really fast. the fire chief said the cause was unknown????
now i have a 2004 cts and i'm having the same problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! has anyone else had this happen???? please be cautious if your cts is doing this, during the fire my doors locked and had to be pried into by fire chief.
Posted on Aug 22, 2009
I would first have the alternator checked by an auto electrician to ensure it is working correctly and is providing the correct volume of current. It may be faulty and when driving you will be drawing battery power instead of power from the alternator to run the electrics. This will drain the battery.
Alternators do not last forever and if you are still running the original unit it is likely to be on it's last legs and you will need a replacement unit.
Posted on Nov 30, 2009
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