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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Question: What is wrong with my 1998 Chevy Cavalier that will not start or turn over.

 

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bigmo93, Centreville, VA, July 30, 2013, 16:50
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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?

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