Question about 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier
The battery is dead most likely, otherwise you have a large electrical short which is placing such a draw that the car will only run when it gets alternator voltage (which is usually over 14V compared to the ~12v that the battery puts out) Try disconnecting the battery cables and use an ohmmeter to measure the resistance from one cable end to the other. If the resistance is really low, indicating a large electrical draw despite the key not being inserted with the car off and lights off etc, then there is a short.
But most likely, it's just your battery. You can try temporarily replacing your battery with one out of another car and seeing if the car starts up.
Posted on Mar 28, 2011
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