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96 cavalier wont start

Turn the key and only the dash lights come on, starter does not turn over

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Check the battery connections, the battery should have 12.5 volts statically tested wuith a 12voltmeter, if all that is ok pressume the starter or solenoid is at fault or a connection at trhe starter is loose.
Remember anytime you are replacing an electrical component be sure the power is OFF remove the ground cable from the battery so you dont get hurt or damage a good replacement part.

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