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The car has trouble cranking, esp after it's been cranked once before during the day. Sometimes it won't do anything at all when you turn the key, sometimes it'll crank and the dashboard will go nuts before it catches. Then, when you mash the brakes the headlights will dim considerably. When you put the car in gear from reverse, it will hesitate until you push on the gas. Is this the alternator or battery connections?

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SOURCE: car wont crank

most likely your starter solenoid time for new starter

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

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SOURCE: 1996 cavalier will not crank

when it wont crank, you will need a test lite to ck the small wire at starter for a 12 volt signal when commanded to start by the key. also make sure there is 12 volts from battery going to larger wire on starter. if so and still wont crank, starter replacement is probable. (assuming grounds are clean) they can be very intermittent. another quick test would be while trying to start, holding key in start position, rap lightly on starter with hammer to see if it kicks, if so, replace starter.

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

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SOURCE: motor cranks but won,t start

hes right check the ignition control module.i had to replace mine because my cavalier would start fine one minute and the next it would be idling rough and backfiring. your best bet is to replace the control module.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009

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SOURCE: '96 Chevy Tahoe won't start

it sound like its in the coleum . may be your key switch is bad . its something simpull. check your fues inside and out .and see if you can hear your realay working. i hope you can find the prob

Posted on Apr 05, 2009

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SOURCE: Dim headlights, Dim dashboard lights, Radio not working

bad earth from body to battery

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

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