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1999 Chevrolet Cavalier starter will not turn over the engine. What could be wrong?

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Turn on the lights and sound the horn--if both work at the same time, then the battery and it's connections are ok. Do you get a 'click' when you try to start the engine? If yes, then use a test light on the starter motor terminal (not the solenoid terminal) to see if it lights when trying to start. If it does, then the starter motor is in trouble--probably worn or defective brushes, get a replacement. If no light, then the solenoid itself has a defective high-current contact. If you get no 'click', then there is trouble in the 'start' position of the key switch, a bad neutral switch on the transmission, a bad starter solenoid winding, or wiring troubles. Hope this helps!

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Has the battery been tested and checks out ok? are the battery cables clean and tight? has the starter been removed and tested? are the connections at the starter clean and free of corrosion? do you have any warning lights in the dash staying on like a security light maybe?

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