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My 2002 Cavalier won't start. I replaced the fuel filter, and it turned on for about 1 second, but turned off instantly. I tried turning it on again, but it just cranks. Does anyone have any other ideas what it could be?

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1 Inspect Choke Thermostat Stuck or Improperly Functioning Choke Thermostat. 2 Inspect Fuel Filter Clogged or Dirty Fuel Filter. 3 Inspect Relay - Fuel Pumpat Faulty Fuel Pump Relay. 4 Inspect Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator Faulty Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator. 5 Inspect Fuel Pump Low Fuel Pressure. 6 Inspect Engine Control Computer Incorrect Operating Information Being Delivered and Sent From The EEC. 7 Inspect Fuel Pump Strainer Clogged or Dirty Fuel Pump Strainerat this is a list of things to check as u have a starting issue this should help u find the problem
1 Inspect Ignition Switch Improperly Connected or Faulty Ignition Switch. 2 Inspect Battery Battery Discharged or Faulty. 3 Inspect Battery Cable Coroded, Broken, Shorted or Poorly Connected Battery Cable. 4 Inspect Solenoid Switch Starter Solenoid Switch Faulty. 5 Inspect Starter Starter Motor Faulty. 6 Inspect Wireset Worn or Damaged Spark Plug Wires. 7 Inspect Coil -Ignition- Faulty Ignition Coil. 8 Inspect Distributor Cap Loose, Cracked or Worn Distributor Cap. 9 Inspect Spark Plug Incorrectly Gapped or Fouled Spark Plug(s). 10 Inspect Distributor Cap and Rotor Kit Loose, Cracked or Worn Distributor Cap. 11 Inspect Fuel Tank Fuel Tank Empty. 12 Inspect Carburetor Worn, Faulty or Damaged Carburetor. 13 Inspect Fuel Pump Faulty Fuel Pump.

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