Having problems with your 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier ?

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

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 16-10-2017

Answers :

Check for corrosion and retighten the wiring that attach to the starter coming from the battery.The little red one gave me trouble.
Being that you don't hear the starter click would lean me towards the starter solenoid.
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\015\012If 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).
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\015\012Then it's time to bring out the 12v circuit tester.
\015\012Look to see where you have power going to, and where you don't have power going to.
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\015\012It 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.
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\015\012There 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.
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\015\012So, test the starter, test the solenoid, then start looking for electrics that "dead end".
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\015\012Yes, 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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