1999 Chevy Cavalier. 2.2 Vortec Replaced STARTER AND SOLENOID, REPLACED STARTER RELAY. Question = CAR WON'T START WHEN i TURN THE KEY. If I JUMP IT WITH A JUMPER WIRE AT THE STARTER RELAY IT WILL CRANK. I TESTED TO SEE IF THE SWITCH WAS HOT AT THE STARTER AND WHEN I TURN THE KEY IT GETS HOT. ALSO DO YOU HAVE A WIRING DIGRAM FOR THE STARTER AND SOLENOID ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT .
Answer: Not sure which wire at the starter you are referring to. If the purple wire at the starter is hot when the key is turned to start, then the starter should turn. The large wire is always hot. If jumping the starter relay does engage the starter, then you have a problem before the relay.
Possibly a theft security problem. If the theft/security light is on after you release the key after a try to crank, but does not start - then you have a security problem. Be sure to check ALL fuses as well.
1999 chevy cavalier 2.2
Repair work done prior = basic tune-up and fluid changes, brakes,shocks,struts,Etc. No mechanical engine failure till now Work done to repair this problem = check fuses,other keys,battery is good,installed new ignition switch still no crank notice now anti theft light on with key on. GM tech = any question = what to start working on to fix my problem
GM Tech JK: You can try to do a theft re-learn procedure. But, that may not work because there is a problem in the theft system. May need the sensor for the theft system. Some diagnosis with a schematic and a volt / ohm meter would be needed, as to not just guess at parts.
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Question: My Dashboard lights wont come on and nothing happens when I turn the key.
Answer: Make and model ?
1999 Chevy Cavalier.
Just sounds like a dead battery.
I replaced the battery and it still did the same thing.
Ok. Follow the ground cable off the battery to see if it is corroded r broken under the battery tray. Pull and tug on it.
Is it just not getting a good ground? Everything else turns on but the dashboard and radio. But the car still doesnt start.
OH, OK. I thought you meant at first that there was no power at all. First check all the fuses. Next, try turning the key very rapidly from off to on several times- may be a corroded ignition switch.
Thats what I was thinking. Is there a way to check it with out pulling it all apart? It still beeps as well.
The turning the key back and forth harshly sometimes will clean up the contacts inside and you may see some electrical items come back to life or flash. Other that, you would need to check for battery voltage (12 V) at several of the fuses that the ignition switch feeds. Low voltage would be a bad ignition switch.
Ok do you know where I can get a schematic for the ignition switch if it is the issue?
Not sure. That would be a big schematic. May be able to find it online. If not, you would need to get a service manual.
Alright well thanks for your help and I appreciate it.