Car Starting Problems
Chevy Cavalier
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Why might a 1996 Chevy Cavalier not start?


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2008-11-08 07:03:02
2008-11-08 07:03:02

The first thing to do is to have a shop pull the computer codes or get a scanner from a place like AutoZone. That will help you pinpoint the problem and make this whole answer pointless. Does it crank/turn over? If not then you have a bad starting system. The starter motor is the most likely culprit, althought it could be a bad relay. If it does crank, then read on. Cars need three things to run: 1.Fuel 2. Air 3. Spark (Combustion). If the engine doesn't have all three in a reasonably ideal mix, then your engine will not run. If you'd like a more detailed explanation, e-mail me at

Or you could give about twenty attempts while holding the brake down when you start it like a stick shift. Then always start it while holding in the brake. The only way to make it so you don't have to hold the brake everytime you start it is to take it to someone who knows how to switch over the grey rally switch located under the hood....right in the front.


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