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1998 2.2 liter Chevy cavalier starter problem. I think that it is shorting out. it was replaced 4 months ago, and sometimes when you start it it makes that awful grinding sound like when a starter is starting to go. Other times you can turn the key and it won't make any sound. It wont make a clicking sound like the battery is going, it won't make the grinding sound like the starter is going, it makes absolutely no sound at all, you can turn the key 3 or 4 times and it won't make any sound and then the next time you turn it it starts up. This just started happening in the last week. I didn't drive it for about a month because every time I would start it it would make that awful grinding sound so I was trying to save the last few starts for emergencies only. since I initially thought that the starter was bad, but now after the situation where it won't make any sound when you turn the key and then after the 3rd time it'll start,I started to think that there's probably a short. Someone told me if I disconnected the battery cables and then reconnected them to make sure that there was a good connection that might solve the problem. Does anyone agree with that or does somebody have a different idea for a quick try before I go out and purchase another starter? Thank you

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Probably not your battery connections. Always worth a try though. But no need to remove them, just try and twist the connection on the battery terminal. If the wires aren't permanently affixed to the connector, (ie wires bolt to the connector, and connector bolts to the batter)try to move the wires leading into them. If any of the wires move or the connector twists then you need to tighten them. However it is most likely the solenoid in the starter that makes the gear pop out to connect with the fly wheel. If it isn't coming out all the way that's when you hear the gears not properly meshing and grinding against the fly wheel. Take out the starter and bring it with you to the parts store. Not only will Autozone, O'rielys and other big name stores be able to test it, but will ensure you get the correct part if you need a new one. There are also shops that can repair your old starter for a fraction of the cost of a new one, and can usually have it done in an hour or two.

Posted on May 10, 2014

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This sounds like it might be a corroded fusible link. Not enough current is getting to the starter.
I assumed you cleaned the battery cable connectors.
Test to see if the headlights will shine bright. (They are on the other battery cable)
The fusible link is generally located in one of the two cables coming off the positive battery terminal. It's a fusible bar that melts at over current. Sometimes the contacts on each end will corrode and need to be cleaned. Trace the cable until you find it. It might actually be in a fuse link box. If so unplug and replug all and see what happens.

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The starter is most likely the problem,tap on the starter lightly with a hammer while trying to start the engine,dont get run over doing this it will take two people,if the engine starts,the starter needs replacing.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010

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