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1996 chevrolet cavalier would not start but started with a boost and ran fine till i shut it off then would not start again unless i boosted it but the problem worsened it started shutting down on the road and eventually my mechanic put a new battery and it worked fine for one month and problem started again seems to be draining the battery any suggestions

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You surely need a new battery. a car may crank but will not start due to low battery voltage. My suspect is that the battery may have enough ampere to crank the motor but the voltage is too low to run the electronic system. if you have a meter, check the voltage as you crank the car. This is a possiblility but it is a rare occurence.

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