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97 Chevy Cavalier

Took engine & tranny out of 97 and put into 96 Cavalier. Now when I turn the key, the starter will NOT engage. Need help figuring out what needs to be done. Thanks

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  • mickdogg May 26, 2008

    The 96 was a 2.4 but the engine had been removed. I took the tranny out along with the wiring harness, computer, etc. - everything. Vin # for 96 is 1G1JF12T2T7274692

    The 97 was a 2.2 and I took engine, tranny, computer, wiring harness, key lock, from it and put into the 96

    Vin # for 97 is 1G1JC1242V7339321

    The 97 was running before I took everything out. As I stated, now when I turn the key on, the starter does not engage.


  • mickdogg Jun 10, 2008

    Dan, still trying different things for now. Did you find out anything regarding wiring?? Can start car - manually with starter - but it pops and backfires.


  • Dan Dubay May 11, 2010

    I assume they are both 2.2 ? Did one have a black valve cover and the other silver? Did the 8th digit in the vin on both vehicles match? Did you change the engine control module with the engine? If you give me the vin on the car you are building and the one you used for parts ,I can see what it has for theft deterent. It's possible you just need to relearn the key switch if you changed the computer.Let me know , Dan



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I've had a 96,97, and a 98 you have to use the steering column and gauges out of the 97 cavaliers have anti theft ignitions the computer reads codes from the ignition and the cluster and it wont start it they both dont match the computer i had a similar problem need any more help hit me up at

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Dan, when you refer to the "speedo cluster" are you talking about the instrument cluster and or gauge package??


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You will also need to swap the speedo cluster. thats where the anti theft module is located. After that you may still need to relearn the key switch.I will look at the wiring diagrams and get back to you on the starter circut in side the vehicle. You may have to change some other things.Talk to ya soon. Dan

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  • Dan Dubay Jun 09, 2008

    How did you make out with your car?


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