91 Cavalier with the 2.2 5 Speed.
I tried to start the car this morning and it started turning over and died
within half-a-sec. Tried to start it again, and not only did it not turn
over but all the lights dimmed on the dash. My headlights won't turn on but
my dome light is perfectly fine. When I insert the key into the ignition,
there's sound that tells you the key is fine but as soon as I turn it to the
ON position everything dims and the sound for the key goes all stupid.
Anybody have an idea of what it might be?? I though it could be the starter
or maybe a bad ground??
Most likely a high resistance connection in the starting circuit. Could be
the starter itself, but I'm betting that either the solenoid is bad, or the
connection to it is corroded or just loose (I fixed the latter on a Cavalier
of similar vintage). Fairly easy to get at from above too, just trace the
heavy battery cable down the front of the engine to the starter. DISCONNECT
THE BATTERY FIRST!! Since you need to disconnect the battery to work on
this cable, it'd be a good time to 'wire-brush' the connections there too.
None of this should take much more than a half-hour.
Electrical stuff that works OK in warm weather just can't keep up once it
gets colder and you need every amp-hr you can muster......
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