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My 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier won't turn over.

My 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier won't start. I had been having issues with it cranking for about 6 months. It finally stopped cranking last night. I have replaced the battery, spark plugs and the air filter. New alternator in 2005 along with serpentine belt.

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  • yadayada
    yadayada May 30, 2010

    sounds like a theft system issue

  • Sean Mack May 30, 2010

    Any advice on how to trouble shoot?

  • Sean Mack May 30, 2010

    Oops. I had written more but got logged out in the middle. About 3 weeks ago, I had to start pumping the gas while cranking to get it started. That worked until today.

    After replacing battery, sparkplugs (not wires) and air filter, it no longer even turns over at all. Turn the ignition and nothing. The lights don't dim when cranking, so I'm assuming the new battery is not a dud.

    Thinking it's the starter but trying to make sure (if possible) before I take it in somewhere.

  • Sean Mack Jun 07, 2010

    Thanks, it was the starter. Took it out and had it tested at AutoZone. Deader than a caveman. Replaced it and everything is fine again. Even the check engine light that's been on for 8 years finally went off.

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First check the starter, it may need some cleaning especially the terminals for the contact inside. next the ignition switch, maybe the plastic with the wires is worn out thus not having contact.

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