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I have a 96 Chevy Cavalier, for some reason it won't start,

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I have a 96...

I have a 96 Chevy Cavalier, for some reason it won't start, when you turn the key, nothing, but If you have someone turn the key and and

Mechanic's Assistant: Can you turn the steering wheel at all? And what about the key? Is it worn or damaged?

Another person go under the hood and touch the starters positive and negative together, it'll fire up

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Cavalier yourself? What have you tried so far?

But a new starter. But you still had to have a person it driver seat turning the key, and another person under the hood, touching the positive and and negatives together with a screwdriver, was the only way it wiould start So they put the old one back in

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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago
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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

Have you tried to start it in neutral?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ya. It started when I had left the light on for like six hours. I went out and turned them off. Tried to start it but nothing. So I took the battery out and took it up to my apartment let it charge all night. Took it out next mourning, hooked everything up, turned the key and the hood light came on and I turned key, instrument light on dash came on, turn you can hear fuel pump working, then try and turn over nothing
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

do you have a voltmeter?

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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

did you say it started in neutral?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No, I'm saying the problem started with the lights being left on. I know to start a manual in neutral.
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

you never said what transmission you had.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
It only starts if some sits in the car and turns the key, while someone else goes under the hood and touchs the positive and negative points on the starter together with a screwdriver
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
O sorry
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No I don't have a voltmeter
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I can get one
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

do you know where the clutch switch is?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

standby

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
What's a good jumper wire?
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

any piece of wire, just find a piece and strip both ends, even a paper clip will do

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

let me know, Ill be here.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
My switch is higher up I maganed to get the clip off and I put metal in but nothing I don't even see how to get it out
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

dont worry about removing the switch yet. just take the connector off

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Connected out wire in but nothing
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

ok, now you need a voltmeter.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Where would i start
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

let me know when you get a meter, I will walk you through it

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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

are you ready?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I got the multimeter a little bit ago.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ill have to do it tommorow though cause im about to go to work.
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

ok. ill be here

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

you bet

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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

hows it going?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I can do it tomorrow mourning . Where do i start
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

just get in touch with me tomorrow

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Sounds good . Ill talk to you then!
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

alrighty

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Im ready when you are...
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

good morning, ok take the connector off of the clutch switch. check for 12 volts in the connector where the yellow wire goes while someone holds the key to the start position

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
What do i set meter too?
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

dc volts 20 scale

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Still reads zero
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

are you using a good ground?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Is the metal on the shifter good?
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

no.

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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

find a part of the chassis that has bare metal or a bolt or an existing ground

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I found a bolt and it still reads zero
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

are you sure you are making good contact inside of the connector with the wire contact for the yellow wire?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Its pretty snug in the connector
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

ok, standby

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Which side is positive and do i havw to turn key
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

for the fuse?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
O check it
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

just make sure the fuse is got, not broken inside

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Its not broke but one side has some blake on the inside
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

some what on the inside>?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
It may be corrosion
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

pull it out and replace it

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I dont have anothe fuse
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

you going to need to get one

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

if theres another one like it in the samr\e area then swap them

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No they are 40 and 30
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

swap it with the 40

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Batt 1 or 2
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

battery2

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Tested clutch switch and it still reads zero
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

ok

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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

you are testing the connector that plugs into the clutch switch and not on the switch itself right?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Yup
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

ok, now remove that fuse again and check to see if you are getting 12 volts to one side of it.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I put tje posititive tester cable in the corrosive side and touched a bolt and tbe fuse box made a buzzing noise??
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I tried the wire on the cluctch switch and now when i turn the key some on the inside of my dash board buzzs
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

standby

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
more like fast pace clicking
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

are you reading any voltage?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Every time i try to test it my dashboard clicks so i stopped. I pulled tje key out and its making tbis buzzing noise
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

you have a bad ignition switch then my friend

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