2002 cavalier won't start

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Asked by Feb 17, 2017 at 05:59 PM about the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Sedan FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2002 cavalier won't start. No crank. Lights
work. Makes kinda of a crackling sound
when trying to crank. Noise seems to be
coming from right in front of dash under the
hood.

15 Answers

124,205

Sounds like your starter needs to be replaced

9,905

Check battery voltage, should be 12.4vdc minimum. If battery is ok, check battery cables for corrosion and make sure they're tight. If all cables are ok, Check for voltage at the starter solenoid small terminal when you try to start it.

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Went out today. Started right up. I notice the ignition is hard to turn. You have to hit a sweet spot to turn. Can ignition cause the problem with starting?

9,905

Definitely. Get the ignition switch replaced ASAP

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How hard is it to change ignition

9,905

Here's a link to a video on how to replace it https://youtu.be/2YCfPaHa7V0

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OK. So why did you tell me at part store the cheapest switch is $176. Says it has a chip in ignition. But everything I see says nothing about a chip

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Sorry I meant why did parts guy tell me

9,905

Your car does not have a chip in ignition. The ignition switch for your 2002 Cavalier is about $20

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Ty

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Now I'm more confused. Parts guy said it sounds like ignition lock cylinder which is like $150. How do I know if it's switch or lock cylinder. It will turn when it hits sweet spot. Sometimes it starts other times nothing

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Also. If it is cylinder is there a way to bypass

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9,905

Your ignition switch includes the cylinder. Attached is a google link, it varies from $20 to $206, depending on what yours looks like. https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=2002+chevrolet+cavalier+ignition+switch

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Well took to shop. As luck would have it I have the $175 ignition. Then has to to be keyed by dealer. Another $60-80 for that plus labor.. So my question is have often will starting problem be. I've drive it last couple days and it's started Everytime. But when it does finally not start is it going to be 2-3 turns to start or could it be up to 20 tries or more?

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Ask for the warranty

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