Question about 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier
Being that you don't hear the starter click would lean me towards the starter solenoid.
If you have a auto parts store in town, you can probably pull the starter off, and take it to them to test. (the solenoid is a separate piece from the starter).
Then it's time to bring out the 12v circuit tester.
Look to see where you have power going to, and where you don't have power going to.
It could be starter related, it could also be that your ignition switch has gone south. The circuit tester will tell you that by checking for power getting through the circuit.
There is also a thing called a fusible link. A fusible link acts like a BIG fuse, but it's just a piece of wire (it's off the battery post) if the ends on the fusible link have gone bad, it will act the same as a blown fuse, but the fusible link is still good. Here again, it's something that can be tested with a $5 circuit tester.
So, test the starter, test the solenoid, then start looking for electrics that "dead end".
Yes, the Cavaliers are good little cars. If it is running the 2.2 4cyl it's a pretty bullet proof motor. They used it in thousands of vehicles.
Posted on Aug 11, 2008
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