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1997 cavalier doesn't start, stalls immediately. Once in a

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1997 cavalier doesn't start, stalls immediately. Once in a blue moon it starts but once shut off doesn't start again. Had ignition cylinder changed two times with new keys in last 2 years.
JA: Is the check engine light on? Does the car stall at idle or when driving?
Customer: No check engine light on when running, and doesn't stall or idle while running
JA: Are you fixing your Cavalier yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes, towed to chevy dealer to replace ignition cylinder twice
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 3 months ago.

Hi, I'm Ron and I will be helping you today.
Stand by for a moment while I prepare your answer.

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 3 months ago.

The problem can be a loss of spark or fuel. You can check for
spark at the plugs with a spark tester. Check compression too for a
possible valve timing issue with a compression gauge.
You can check fuel pressure with a gauge and all of these tools
should be available to you at your
local parts store for rent or purchase.
You need to check for any stored codes in the computer with a
code reader or a scan tool.
The code reader only gives the codes and definitions, where the
scan tool gives you all
the needed data to diagnose the codes.
Thanks again and please remember to rate me 5 stars now and keep
this link in case you need me again later on.
I don’t get credit for assisting you until you rate me
Ron

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 3 months ago.

Did you have any more questions for me?

Thanks again, Ron

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 3 months ago.

If you are satisfied with my answer, I would greatly appreciate a 5
star rating now and I will still assist you after you have rated me
too if another question pops up. I don’t get credit for helping you
until you rate me.
Thanks again, Ron

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 3 months ago.

Hi again, your credit card has already been charged but you only have one thing left to do at that is to rate me 5 stars please.

I don't get credit for helping you until you rate me:)

Thanks so much,

Ron