2000 chev cavalier, 2.2L, Automatic
Last week we had the passlock light come on intermittently and I went to start the car and nothing, so I did the old turn the key on and wait 20 minutes, turned the key off and then it started right away. This I was told resets everything. This happened for about a week on and off and then stopped and the car worked fine until yesterday when I finished work and when I put the key in the ignition and turned and nothing happened the engine did not turn over. I heard the fuel pump and the lights in the dash came on but it did not turn over.
This is everything I did.
- Battery is good, check.
- power to starter, check.
- removed starter thought solenoid was faulty, replaced solenoid, check.
- Turned key to on position, shorted solenoid on starter that worked and the engine started no problem. I think this would also eliminate the Transmission Range switch because the engine started when I shorted the solenoid, please let me know if I am wrong here.
- I tried to start vehicle in Park and also Neutral neither worked.
- So then I figured the problem was somewhere between the ignition switch and the starter what else can it be.
- I checked all fuses and they are good too.
- I checked all connections and wires that I could see and they all looked fine.
- The only other thing in between ignition and starter from what I can see besides wires is the small starter relay mounted to the upper radiator brace and of course the transmission range (TR) switch.
- Replaced starter relay, that didn't work either.
So my question to you is can it be the ignition switch itself and could that be related to my earlier problem with the passlock light, and it is just that the ignition switch itself finally failed.
Please help, I am now out of things to try.
If it is the ignition switch I have been told that I have to bring it to a GM dealer as they are the only ones that can do it.
Saturday, July 9th, 2011 AT 8:18 PM