When I turn the key to start the car, all I get is single loud "click". Like hitting a hammer (not too hard) on a metal pipe. This happened all of sudden with no prior issues at all. The battery is fully charged. The starter relay is good - when I pulled it out I didn't get a click. The dash lights come on and go off when I try to start the car. I read that the check engine light should come on if the computer is okay - no issues there. I checked all the wires going to the starter, including the ground wire - they are all secure with no visible cracks or other issues. When I listen under the hood, the loud click seems to be coming from the starter itself or maybe even below it? Is it the starter? I've never seen a starter just suddenly fail without warning before?
What is wrong with my 1998 Chevy Cavalier that will not start or turn over. on 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier
by bigmo93 in Centreville, VA on July 30, 2013
ANSWER by cliftonphotographer , August 28, 2015
Just a thought here,my friend owned a much older Chevy Cavalier Z24 (yes different I know) and when her starter stopped working out on the road one day a mechanic stopped to help and pulled out a hammer,gave the starter a couple of taps and sure enough it started! It was a known issue with her car he said and while they should have fixed it on any other models,you might just try it if just to move the car.
ANSWER by pushrod , July 30, 2013
'Most likely' the starter has failed. It happens! Replace the starter ASSEMBLY if defective!
ANSWER by Codyjohn15 , July 30, 2013
It could be the starter selinoid