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My cavalier just stopped when I was driving it . The radio went off first ,then the car stopped. When I tried to start it back up , it would not start. I charge the battery and it still would not start. The lights on the dash don't light up when I turn the key . I check fuses and starter. Help !!!!!!!

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Does your starter get current when tested with a test light. How much of a draw is the starter taking when you attempt to start? 0 amps or 75 to 100amps? while it's not turning?

Since no fuses were blown, this sounds like a connection issue to me.

Posted on Jul 28, 2010

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  • royjones23 Jul 28, 2010

    Starter did not crank at all so I put a new starter on and the same thing happen . No power at all

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jul 28, 2010

    There should be a thick cable going directly to the starter for the positive terminal, and the negative terminal goes to the body which is negatively grounded.

    Did you verify how much current the starter draws, even though you replaced it?

  • royjones23 Jul 28, 2010

    All cables are connected and still no power at all . But the lights come on ,so there is battery power. When the key is turned no lights on the dash such as eng light, ABS and etc. and no sound just dead

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jul 29, 2010

    If you have enough battery power to power the lights, then the internal dash lights should come on, I agree.

    But, your ignition switch doesn't have to work for the lights to work. Do you think it's related to this, possibly? Remember, that just because the lights work doesn't mean there is enough current to make the starter turn.

    That's why I asked for some numbers on the voltage and amperage for different starting positions of the key.

    Do you have any other information for me?



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