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Car is dead when I try to start it. Replaced battery and had garage do compression checks on it.

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  • denise26062 Aug 11, 2008

    Just bought the car about 2 months ago and this has happened after 30 day guaranity. Had garage check everything and they did all the compression checks. Starter is not clicking or anything. Checked all fuses. Have not done a electronic check because only one garage around here does it. This car is my son's car. He works part time. The loan and insurance is leaving him broke. This is the first time we bought from this dealer. Cavaliers have a great name to be a dependable car.

  • rvkmorton Dec 24, 2008

    my solonoid clicks a continuous click. but starter does not turn.
    is it starter or batery. i have a 2005 caviler

  • denise26062 Dec 31, 2008

    The problem was the fuel pump. Thanks to everyone for the help. It was a costly job but he has had no problem since.

  • Coss May 11, 2010

    Did this just recently happen?

    Have you checked the starter?

    Has the car been sitting for a period of time?

    Just trying to get some history on the problem before this current state.



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Check for corrosion and retighten the wiring that attach to the starter coming from the battery.The little red one gave me trouble.

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  • cavaman Dec 31, 2008

    If you are hearing a clicking sound ,chances are it's a poor connection from battery .overtightening will cause a loss of connection in the side post application.


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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.

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