Chevy Cavalier was running fine then the next day it wouldnt even crank

Tiny
JAMES2012
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  • 1995 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
It was running but then it wouldnt go into drive turned it off and it wouldnt even crank
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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 3:18 PM

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Tiny
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SOMETIMES IT'S JUST A MATTER OF GETTING IN THERE, AND GIVING IT SOME "TOUGH LOVE"

TRY THIS STUFF, BE DETERMINED WITH THE CONNECTIONS!

Xnostart

THIS IS SORTA GENERIC

YOU COULD HAVE OTHER PROBLEMS

INSURE YOUR BATTERY IS GOOD. AND ONCE YOU ARE RUNNING, YOUR ALTERNATOR IS CHARGING (CAN BE CHECKED FOR FREE AT MOST AUTO PARTS STORES)

USUALLY ITS SOMETHING EZ TO DO--IF YOU DO IT RIGHT

YOU COULD HAVE FAULTY RELAYS OR FUSES. SAVE RELAYS FOR LAST! (IF ANY)

CHECK YOUR FUSES!---YOUR OWNERS MANUAL MAY SHOW YOU LOCATIONS THAT YOU KNEW NOTHING ABOUT!

REMOVE AND REPLACE "SUSPECT" FUSES SEVERAL TIMES--THIS MAY SCRAPE OFF CORROSION AND GIVE THEM BETTER CONTACT!

THIS WILL WORK FOR YOU, PROVIDED THAT YOUR BATTERY IS GOOD---OR YOU CAN BE JUMPED OFF!

REMEMBER "NEW STUFF" CAN BE BAD TOO!

YOUR STARTER MAY BE BAD!

YOUR SOLENOID MAY BE BAD!

BATTERY COULD BE BAD!

Try the stuff below (actions),

IN MOST CASES THIS IS THE PROBLEM!

PEOPLE GET LAZY!----THEY DO NOT ACTUALLY DO THIS STUFF

IT BITES 'EM IN THE BUTT. THEY COULDA BEEN RIDING LONG AGO!

TAKE STUFF LOOSE (REALLY!--EVERY ONE OF 'EM!) CLEAN"SCOOCH" THE CONNECTORS AROUND----TIGHTEN THE NUTS OR BOLTS WELL! DO NOT JUST PASS OFF ANY BIG CABLE CONNECTION AS, "IT LOOKS GOOD".

PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE BATTERY POSTS---CLAMPS---CABLE CONNECTIONS TO THE CLAMP (I'M TALKING ABOUT THE OLD STYLE "SQUEEZER" DEALEES, CLAMP TO CABLE)

IF YOU HAVE SIDE POST TERMINALS---TURN THE RUBBER INSIDE OUT/ REMOVE THE BOLT/ SCRUB THE FLAT CONNECTOR WITH A WIRE BRUSH OR SCRAPE IT WITH A KNIFE, TILL IT'S CLEAN---SAME FOR ITS MATING SURFACE ON THE BATTERY!

MANY TIMES THERE AIN'T MUCH SLACK IN THE CABLE----NO WHINING!---YOU GOTTA GET IT CLEAN, ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN SEE "GREEN CRAP" CAKED ON 'EM!

YEAH, IT'S NOT EZ TO GET IN THERE, BUT LOOK AT WHAT YOU WILL GO THRU IF YOU DON'T!

THIS IS WAR--YOU GOTTA CHECK IT ALL--ANY CONNECTION---POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE THAT A BIG CABLE BOLTS TO. GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!

IF A CABLE GOES TO A BOX--IT GOES ON THRU IT---CLEAN CONNECTIONS COMING AND GOING---TO WHERE EVER THEY GO!

EVENTUALLY YOU WILL REACH THE STARTER CONNECTION (POS)AND THE ENGINE/ BODY (NEG)

DON'T TELL THE SHOP, AS YOU GIVE 'EM YOUR $$$---WHILE WHINING---"I WAS TOLD TO CLEAN THAT CONNECTION, AND I DIDN'T!"

AS YOU PROGRESS, TRY TO CRANK HIM UP---YOU MAY FIND EXACTLY WHICH CONNECTION WAS THE PROBLEM!

I'VE SEEN THIS SAME CATASTROPHE, MANY MANY TIMES (I SAW IT YESTERDAY, AS I WAS ABOUT TO "CAR DOLLY" A FRIEND, THEN I DID THE CHECKS, IT WAS THE SIDE POSTS ON THE BATTERY CONNECTIONS). AND IT'S SO SIMPLE TO FIX. SAD THING, WHEN I GOT THERE, NOTHING HAD BEEN DONE 'CEPT AN ATTEMPTED JUMP START.I WAS GONNA HAVE TO PULL HIM 40 MILES, HE WASTED 3 HOURS OF MY TIME. LAZY, LAZY, LAZY

YOU COULD BE RUNNING BEFORE YOUR "CALVARY" ARRIVES!

RETURN WITH GOOD NEWS!

OR YOUR FINDINGS AND WE WILL CONTINUE

THE MEDIC
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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 5:17 PM
Tiny
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I found the problem the shifter cable broke off the transmission it was just a plastic think that snaped on to the linkage it doesnt look like it is replacable without replacing the whole cable so I think im gonna find something at the hardware store to hold it on. Any Suggustions?
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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 8:22 PM
Tiny
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A PIC OF THIS THING WOULD AID ME A LOT AS FAR AS COMING UP WITH A SERVICEABLE, SAFE, AND MAYBE EVEN AN IMPROVEMENT TO THE OLD ONE

I AM GOOD AT SUCH THINGS AND I DO NOT "ACCEPT" FIELD EXPEDIENT REPAIRS THAT ARE "LESSER" THAN THE ORIGINAL PART

WITHOUT SEEING YOUR "DEALEE", 1ST THING THAT COMES TO MIND IS "STEALING" THE CLIP OFF OF A JEEP CJ OEM THROTTLE ROD/ LINKAGE (ONE ON EITHER END)

OR MAYBE OBTAIN A CLIP LIKE IS ON THE THE ADAPTER/ LINKAGE TO THE HOLLEY 4 BARREL I PUT ON MY 6 CYLINDER CJ 5 (BALL TYPE JOINT, A HOLLEY PART, SEE MY 1ST PIC, WHERE CABLE JOINS THE BELL CRANK, TOWARDS THE BOTTOM W/ COTTER PIN THRU IT)----I HAVE SEEN SIMILAR THINGS IN A HARDWARE STORE IN THEIR "PLASTIC PULL OUT DRAWER CONTAINERS"---WHERE THEY HAVE EVERYTHING FROM "E" CLIPS TO "CORKS"

THE OTHER PICS I SHOW IS THE EVOLUTION OF A CARB PART FOR MY WILLYS JEEPKINDA TO SHOW YOU WHY I AM SOMETIMES CALLED "MacGYVER"

THIS LINK MAY STRENGTHEN YOUR TRUST IN MY QUICK/ SOUND ABILITIES TOO!

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/2002-holden-commodore-replace-broken-handle-fuel-opener-that-beside-drivers-seat

LAST PIC BEING FINISHED PRODUCT, BESIDE THE "POT METAL PART"---THERE ARE ABOUT 20 "IN-BETWEEN" PICS I DID NOT SHOW, IN THE MAKING OF THE IMPROVED PART (I DID TAKE THEM!)

SEND ME SEVERAL PICS--WHERE IT GOES AS WELL AS THE LINK/ CABLE END

YOUR TURN

THE MEDIC
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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 9:12 PM
Tiny
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Sorry not my car so I cant get the pic right now the other side of the clip had enough plastic to hold for awhile so I flipped it over and and popped it on if it comes to having to fab. Something I will post a pic. Ive been called macgyer more then a few times myself my grandmas safari has pull cord for a rear door handle cause it is cast aluminim and every one a the junk yard were broke too
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Monday, January 2nd, 2012 AT 12:06 PM
Tiny
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Insure you come back to this post if you want my assistance

Otherwise anybody will grab you, and won't have your history on hand.

Even at this post, others can still jump in and offer assistance.

Happy New Year--To make it the best you ever had, locate yourself a "Real Jeep"

The Medic
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Monday, January 2nd, 2012 AT 3:26 PM
Tiny
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My buddys got a jeep and it overheats we replaced the water pump thermostat radiator hoes and cap but it was still having a problem. Im not a big fan of cryslersi dont own the cavalier either but I plan on getting another s10 after I get this grant to go to a vocational school
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Monday, January 2nd, 2012 AT 10:09 PM

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