Car Starting Problems
Starters and Ignition Systems
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

You have a 95 cavalier that will not start by the key but you can pop the clutch or turn the key off and by pass the starter and it will start Why would it do this?

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2006-03-19 21:43:40
2006-03-19 21:43:40

The clutch start switch is bad.you will find it at the top of the clutch pedal

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