2002 Chevy Cavalier intermitant start problems

Tiny
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  • 2002 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
Electrical problem
2002 Chevy Cavalier 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 160k miles

About five days ago daughter drove car to work shut off and went to lock door with power locks and would not work. She then put key in switch and nothing would come on, lights, dash lights, or radio. I went there and it started but surged for a second or two before smoothing out. Checked battery voltage while running around 13.8 checked at altenatoraround 14.1. When compressor was engaged idle would drop to point of almost stalling and engine would surge couple times and level out. Cleaned dirty ground at battery tray and symptoms stopped and was fine till yesterday. This time when I tried to crank no lights no power to interior and would not turn over. Left switch on and light switch on, walked away from vehicle to get cables to see if could jump start and lights came on and was able to start engine. Problem with compressor before no longer causing surges. Could problem be in battery? My guess is between battery and fuse panels. Thanks rjg71
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Monday, November 1st, 2010 AT 6:45 AM

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Tiny
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It sounds like you have a poor connection at one of the power or ground cables.

The next time it happens, turn the headlights on so you can see if power comes back and start tugging on individual cables, watching for one that makes a difference.
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Monday, November 1st, 2010 AT 7:00 AM
Tiny
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Thanks Wrechtech,

Found bad connection on power cable fixed and now trouble free.

Thanks a million
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Thursday, November 4th, 2010 AT 11:29 AM
Tiny
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Your welcome,
Positive feedback is appreciated.
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Thursday, November 4th, 2010 AT 11:35 AM

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