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My nova sometimes won't start with the key. It turns over but doesn't seem to be getting any spark. However, we can get it started by pushing it and popping the clutch.

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  • lbourgault Apr 01, 2011

    I've had a new starter put in so do you still think it is the starter solenoid or key switch?

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Hi, I saw your question last night, but I could not find the correct wiring diagram to help you. I think the problem is your ignition switch, but I'm not sure. You can check it by probing the positive coil terminal with a 12 volt test light. A voltmeter is better if you have one. Connect the test light clip or negative probe to engine ground and probe the coil positive terminal while someone turns the key to START. If there is no power there but there is when the key is released to ON, then I think your switch is bad. The switch is mounted to the steering column under the covers. I can probably find instructions to replace it if you need them. Please let me know if you have questions, and thanks for using FixYa.

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Chevrolet has a separate wire to supply current to the coil during start up. The color is normally purple. The issue is most likely at the key switch or starter solenoid.

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