1992 Chevy Cavalier Car started - quick shut off now won't

Tiny
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  • 1992 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 123,566 MILES
Having an issue- started car in cold- vehicle was not left in gear so I shut it off quickly as someone was right in front of me. Since then my car won't start, nothing lights up on the dashboard- won't turn over and now battery is likely frozen as well. Changed 30 amp fuse on fuseable link, tried boosting, battery cable a little corroded. Just got the car not familiar with its issues. Need help had been staritng good - had car for couple months. The only other thing I noticed was low beam lights had quit working a couple of weeks ago - have high beams. Not sure if related to this issue- just in case- mentioned it. Please advise.
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 AT 10:03 AM

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Tiny
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Welcome to the forum, I'd have to make sure the battery has a full charge and the connections are good. In some cities, the national brand auto stores will make house calls, all you got to do is call them. They will give you a jump, change out the battery, whatever.
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 AT 11:38 AM
Tiny
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Sorry, I should have said before the cold set in and the battery froze- the car did get a jump (actually 2 of them) and would not start at all. Checked for loose connections and checked fuses and fuse linkages ( whatever they are actually called). It was minus 45 so I went to get warm and then the car has not had to sit due to -56 weather - supposed to start warming up tomorrow and then maybe.I just thought someone may know why it wouldn't start after I had to shut it off quick and then tried two boosts and the battery- so then I thought it had to be fuse related and now I am stumped. Just was hoping to take care of this myself. Car is sitting at parking lot at work. But thanks fro the reply
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 AT 1:44 PM
Tiny
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I see, did you use a testlite to check fuse circuit for voltage? Even if the fuse is good, if there is no voltage on the fuse circuit, the circuit is dead. When you first turn the key on, the lites on the dash are ignition feed, comes from the ignition switch. You may need to check feed to and from the ignition switch, for the dash.
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 AT 2:52 PM
Tiny
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Thank you - that makes sense and it is amazing how clear someone else can see things when they are mad, cold and frustrated. Tommorrow weather to warm up to -19 so that is better will have a crack at getting this sorted on day off tomorrow. Thank you will let you know how this works out. Otherwise, a tow truck may be in order.
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 AT 3:18 PM

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