Question about 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier
Starter turns but car will not start.
In answer to your starting problem, my was the same but motor started knocking in the rockers for about an hour on the way home & so i turned it off. when i went to start it again, it wouldn't. found out my 2.2 lt ecotec 2005 cavalier motor had badly skipped on timing. oil pump went dead, seized up a cam & timing chain jumped 8 links out of place. i found out my problem when i took the valve cover off. it's easy to do & it will answer your question if it is your problem too. good luck with yours.
Posted on Nov 23, 2011
I'm helping trying to fix my girl's 2005 cav that an A/T and ecotec 2.2L i've confirmed it's getting spark and it seems to be getting fuel bc the spark plugs are starting to flood. tried start fueled no luck once spark plugs were changed(they needed to be changed anyways and there was carbon build up not excessive but had a good amount, i've seen much worse) checked the fuel line i checked the bleed and fuel spilled out. hum it looks like it's eating oil bc i added some last week and the dip stick now says half way up the stick. it's not smoking nor is leaking on the ground, the pistons looked like it's getting some carbon and/or oil build up bc i could see them it threw the spark plug holes. (didnt have time to rip off the head). added some seafoam into the oil last week and it started to run rough right after but with in a day it smoothed out like it should and then 4 days later it just wont start today. i wish i had an obdII reader so it could give me an idea if the system might know something ele. i dont know.
Posted on Oct 05, 2011
In this situation you have to determine what is the cause.... is it spark???? or is it fuel???
these are the very least of the basics any car man has to take in order to determine where he is going with this vehicle...first spray some ether into the air intake and see if she attempts to run...if yes its a fuel problem...low fuel...dirty fuel/filter clogged/fuel pump malfunction(in the Tank) or fuel pump relay defective(can you hear the pump with the key turned on??? If yes the pump and relay is Ok.
secondly pull a plug wire and ground a screw driver between the plug wire and the plug leaving an air gap about 1/4 in..... have someone crank it over.... is it snapping/sparking???? If so spark(ignition) should be ok problem is fuel.
Posted on May 06, 2010
Mark your post seems very familiar to mine. how do you tell if the cam has seized up?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: motor cranks but won,t start
hes right check the ignition control module.i had to replace mine because my cavalier would start fine one minute and the next it would be idling rough and backfiring. your best bet is to replace the control module.
Posted on Mar 10, 2009
Sounds like bad battery cables and/or ignition switch. I would clean battery cables thoroughly with wire brush especially the bottom end since they're exposed to road grime, etc... Also check to make sure you put small wires on solenoid on correctly. I've seen people get them reversed because they're looking at them upside down when attaching from under car. More than likely it's those small wires on solenoid.
Posted on Jan 03, 2011
from your description it sounds like the starter pinion is stuck and its not throwing out which could be where its froze on ,but it could be the nylon arm then moves the pinion out into mesh with the ring gear has broke ,Best i can come up with is to ask a local mechanic to have a look as you may need a new starter motor as yes it may be something small wrong with it like a arm but try buying the spares on their own nowdays
Posted on Feb 11, 2011
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