2002 cavalier wont start
Okay We are at a loss for this one. The car turns over but wont start. when the ignition is turned on the fuel pump primes. We are getting spark, it is not the coils. We are guessing at the ignition control module, but that wouldnt be an intermittent problem. See every once in a while the car will start.
Car was running great have owned it since April of this year and bought from a dealer no extended warranty. It has 70k miles on it it had 66537 when purchased it. yes we have changed the oil recently. at just a little over the 3000 mile point. When problem started I had driven the car about ten miles went in a store came back out about 15 minuites later and the car would not start. I tried turning it over a few more times it started I dorve about 100 ft and it stalled and wouldnt start. Towed it to a friends and tinkered with it... the Pump was priming and we messed with the relay and a few fuses in the dash and it started. we drove it ten miles home and it ran perfect. we turned it off/on about 4 times then it quit starting again. Now it starts very rarely usually it just cranks. But it makes no sense. Sometimes the check engine light will come on, but it kicks off after you turn it over.
you can here the pump kick on when the ignition is turned on, so I really dont think it is the fuel pump. We did switch out the fuel relay and that doesnt seem to be the problem, however if you pull the relay when the car is running it the car will stall after a few seconds, If I am not mistaken, shouldnt the car still run even if the relay is pulled while the car is running?
But we had a friend suggest the ignition control module, but everything I have read has said that the ignition control module wouldnt be an intermittent problem, it will just go out.
Form experience withour 96 cavi, the only time a code throws is if the check engine light stays on, so we havent had it checked for a code yet, becase the check engine light stays off once you turn the car over. there is no service light on either.
We are very frustrated and am hoping for any good suggestions. We live in a small town and the local mechanic parts changes as much as we would only our labor is free. His isnt.