I have a 2006 Cobalt, it was running great and when i got home i parked it in the garage went in came back an hour later and it wont start. It has about 60,000 miles and I am thinking it is something to do with the fuel filter or pump. Is it common for the fuel pump to go out that early? And where is the filter located?
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It would probably help to get the car on a scan tool with live data readouts to see what is happening when the car is not starting. Also a spark tester and fuel pressure gauge could help diagnose whats happening or not happening when the car wont start.
The light being on has probably put the car in "limp in" mode. Its a kind of fail safe system to allow car to be driven to a shop for repairs. You need to have the code or codes read by scanning the engine computer, repair the problem, erase the codes, and then you should be able to drive it again normally.
There can be a couple things, nutral saftey switch, AC DELCO, NEUTRAL SAFETY SWITCH Direct Replacement Part For OE Number 24219476 `$68.67 , ignition switch not adjusted correctly, try jumping the starter at the starter to see if the starter is working, of course I have just fixed a car that the guy didn't have the shifter in park, try these things and get back to me
Battery is dead... get a volt meter, jump the car and with the car running on its own power check the voltage, anything less than 12v could point to an alternator but a new battery is a better place to start. put it to you this way if the car shuts off while driving, then its your alt, and if its fine wen drivin but wont start back up... its all battery
Try pushing in the key while turning the wheel either way. And jiggling it. This happens because the steering locks for the car's protection. If we park it with the wheels turned, it locks in that position. If that does not work, you may have to call a good mechanic to help you.