Engine Mechanical problem
1996 Chevy Cavalier 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 185000 miles
This one is a doozy!
Here is the story. Last October I had the starter replaced due to grinding (eventually I had the flywheel replaced as well).
After these items were replaced there was still some grinding, but not much. At times I would turn the key and nothing would happen for a couple seconds THEN the car would start. Other times it would start by rocking the car back and forth. And sometimes I popped it into neutral and it starts fine. It hardly ever starts when facing up hill (if it does it would be a rough start). This problem would only happen for one week out of every six or eight. The car the has full power no matter what the position of the key is in.
The New starter has been bench tested twice and there is no dead spots. Two weeks a go, when the car was giving me more problems, I figured out that when I hit the solenoid it starts perfectly. I replaced the solenoid.
After that the car actually sounded powerful at startup. A couple days later it started to grind a little towards the end of ignition. Now I'm back to rocking the car, hold the ignition in the run position or dropping it in neutral.
The car is on its last legs (the head gasket is starting to go), but I need it for work.
Could it be electrical? Or a starter that eats through solenoids? Is it related to a failing head gasket?
have the same problem?
Thursday, October 9th, 2008 AT 2:40 PM