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1991 Chevy Cavalier starts but immediately shuts off

The engine will start, so I know its not the starter or the battery. If I rev the engine it will stay on but the second I take my foot off of the pedal it shuts off. I noticed that black smoke was coming out of the tailpipe. Below is a link to a video of my boyfriend starting the car, revving the engine, and then the car shutting off.

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Usually with idle issues, it can be a leak of some kind, fuel--egr--vacuum leak, something like that. Also, check and clean your idle air system.
How long since a tune-up? Any applicable trouble codes? You should be able to check some codes yourself, your obd1. To check codes, use a jumper wire at your data link connector along lower edge of dash, turn key just till the dash lights come on, no further. The mil on the dash starts flashing, you count the flashes to get the codes. Your looking for two digit codes.

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SOURCE: 2000 chevy cavalier shut off

oh ok this is simple u need to put a new fuel filter on there it has a bad fuel filter on there try that out if not it is the fuel pump but try the fuel filter after that and the fuel pump if it still has a problem it is the gauge and try to put mid grade cause it causes less break downs for your car cause it doesnt mess up ur fuel filter

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SOURCE: 1999 Chevy Cavalier Z24 2.4L cooling fan inoperative

yes you could have a bad ECT or the relay could be bad it sounds more like the relay is heating up and kicking out

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SOURCE: 1996 chevy cavalier. problems starting and running

Actually i doubt the switch is in default here. Especially that if i'm not mistaken the theft light on those was only on the monsoon radio systems and only tells the status of the theft lock on the radio. And if the theft lock light on the radio comes on it's because it thinks it's being unplugged. Taking that in account and reading all the problem you have with the car, i'm strongly leaning toward a grounding problem. So check the negative post on the battery to be sure its not moving or broken in any way, and verify all the grounding wire and straps and replace them if needed. Not many people know this but the ground wires on a car are 100 times more important than the positive wires. Without the grounds, the current has nowhere to go on any components, so that means even the spark plugs stop sparking. If all the grounds are good, just check the battery itself and the alternator just to be sure they are not causing these problems. And if all else fails, then it would be option to change the ignition switch/cylinder. Pretty sure though that you can find one in a scrap yard for less than 150$, those cavaliers are practically raining everywhere in the scrap yards, and you can also use one from a pontiac sunfire which is the same car. Also, you can use most switches from other GMs in the same years, like a grand am, grand prix, lumina, etc. Just make sure that the car you take it from has basically the same equipment more or less than your cavalier so that the zenith has the same number of wires as yours and same positions also.

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if you recently replaced the battery and are continuing to have this issue, i suggest that you clean the battery terminals.

obviously your car is getting power (fast clicking indicates this) so you will need a good battery jump. also check your cables, sometimes your cables may not supply sufficient power for the recharge

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