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I have an 04 cavalier when i turn the key its a whining sound then when i try it again there is a clicking sound whats wrong?

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Sounds like your starter fas failed. That whining sound you hear are major amps of electrical power in the starter, the click is most likely the starter solenoid. I'd investigate the starter, its cables and such. My gut says you'll need to replace the starter.
I hope this may have helped,

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