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I changed out the battery on my 2000 cavalier. After putting the new battery in, the starter engages but engine will not turn over. If I hold the gas to the floor it will eventually turn over but run very rough, and then die when I let up on the gas. This happened before but after bringing it into the dealer they had it running great without charging me for any parts. Is ther a trick to this? Thanks millions, Jim

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Sounds like there is not enough gas reach to the engine. This caused by clogged/dirty fuel filter. Your engine will experience sputtering, increased crank time and poor performance.If you have not replaced the fuel filter of the car from the very beginning then i highly recommend to replace it now.

Here's the procedure:

1. Locate the fuel filter. On a 2001 Chevy Cavalier, the filter is located behind the fuel tank, near the center of the vehicle behind the driver's door. Because it is tucked in a nook behind the tank, it can be difficult to access.

2. Use a ratchet with a socket to remove the bolts holding the hanging bracket in place. The fuel filter will drop down when the bracket is removed.

3. Place a drip pan under the fuel filter. Hold the fuel line lightly near the base of the connector with a pair of pliers. This will help prevent the fuel line from tearing when you turn the connector.

4. Use a quick connect special service tool to loosen the plastic connectors holding the fuel line to the filter at both ends. Unlike other vehicles, the 2001 Chevy Cavalier does not use connector nuts that can be loosened with a wrench. You can purchase this tool at an auto parts store when you purchase the replacement filter.

5. Connect the fuel lines to the new filter, making sure the new filter faces the same direction as the old one. Replace the bracket bolts to hold the filter in place.

Tools that you need:

Socket set
Quick connect special service tool
Drip pan
Replacement fuel filter
Please let me know if you have further questions.

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