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My 2004 chevy cavalier cranks but wont start. It has been looked at by a mechanic , he said it has no compression. The timing chain is fine. there was no smoking or loud noises. It just started to kind of chugging along one morning, like it had a hard time warming up or something and when I parked and turned it off that was it, it would not start again.

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I have seen this on a car that was traded in. apparently it had been real hot at one time. but with no compression it will not start, and would probably be cheaper to purchase another engine. sorry, and GL

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My 92 cavalier cranks but start, it gets gas spark and air but wont spark?

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