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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 4dr Sedan

2000 Chevrolet Cavalier
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
24 mpg city / 34 mpg hwy
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September 13, 2013, 4:41 pm

Mike D
 

Question: What's wrong with my car?!

My car has been working fine. It's a 96 Chevy Cavalier. Connections look good, fuses seem alright. Here's the situation in a nutshell. I've been driving it back and forth to work (45 mins roughly to and from). Been doing alright. I just replaced the alternator and Battery, never having a problem starting up. This early afternoon it started up greatly as always and I had to move it forward a couple feet to move out of the way of another vehicle in the driveway. UPON turning off the engine, the key turned back half way only for it to stop and I knew then I had not put my car in park to rightfully turn it off. So I put the brakes on, put it in park, and turned off the car properly. About 5 hours I went to go somewhere, turned the ignition and nothing. No sounds, no engine noises, no lights on the dashboard. Everything should be good for the starter... someone said there is a rare chance I could have done something to the neautral safety switch, but also I notice when I put the car in gear, like in drive, I'm able to push it backwards like it is in nuetral... WHAT'S GOING ON?!?!


September 23, 2013, 8:36 am

Elizabeth K
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Test the neutral safety switch, as in this article:
http://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-engine-will-not-crank-over

If the neutral safety switch is good (and the battery is not dead), the gear shift selector may be out of adjustment or seized. That would cause the not starting and the rolling in D that you're describing. Try crawling underneath to have a look at what the shift selector is doing when someone tries to shift it.


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