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Turning over but not starting

1996 cavalier turning over but not starting has spark fuel is going to throttle body?

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  • racn12 Jul 15, 2009

    replacing the timing chain did not fix my problem



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There are a multitude of reasons which might allow your engine to crank without actually starting. Without a great deal more information, any suggestions are really only guesses as to the cause of your problem. That having been said, here is another possibility you might consider: The 1996 Cavalier uses a form of GM's original theft deterrent system, a system which, when activated, will cause the fuel pump to cycle off after initially "charging" the fuel line. If your engine is cranking, but not starting, you are certain you have a spark at each of the plugs and you have good quality fuel and plenty of it (at least one quarter of a tank full), the theft deterrent system may be activated and causing your problem. The system is designed to "look" for the proper key to be inserted in the ignition switch before allowing a "starting condition" to exist. An attempt to bypass the ignition switch will activate the system. However, the system gets its power through the same circuit which provides power to all the guages on the instrument cluster. A blown instrument cluster fuse (labeled "GAU" or "GAUGES", located in the fuse panel) will cause activation of the system, allowing the engine to crank, but preventing the engine from starting. Check that fuse and replace, if necessary. Good luck.

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You must make sure the engine is creating the appropriate compression remove a spark plug and install a compression tester disconnect all other spark plug wires so the motor does'nt start during testing and check to make sure the motor is creating at least 100 - 150 psi on all cylinders if so the mechanical health of the motor is in tact. if not you may have to replace a timing belt. If it is an interference type motor and the timing belt is indeed broken or jumped a tooth the valves may be bent and extensive engine repair will be needed

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