why won't my car start sometimes after I have driven it for a while. on 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier

this problem only happens when it is hot outside, and when it happens when i turn the key, nothing happens, I have power. If I lift the hood up and wait for a while the car will start again.

by in New Iberia, LA on June 20, 2013
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1 answer 3 comments
ANSWER by , June 22, 2013
Well, it won't start because something is getting overheated and not working. You could replace the battery, starter, ignition switch, relay and the ECM and/or BCM. One of those things listed will most likely fix the problem. But, before you spend a penny on attempting any repairs, you (or someone else) need(s) to diagnose it and figure out which ONE thing is actually bad. Get a test light and Volt/Ohm meter for testing. When this problem happens and you turn the key on, do all the guages and dash lights come on and do the accessories (radio, lights, blower motor, etc.) still work?
COMMENT by , June 29, 2013
when I turn the key on when this happens everything else still works, just the motor does not turn over. Its like there isn't a motor under the hood, the only sound is the key in the ignition alert dinging.
COMMENT by , July 03, 2013
Well, get your test light and DVOM and start checking the circuits to and from the ignition switch. Power in, power out, grounds. You can also try swapping the Crank/Start relay with another one in the underhood electrical center and see if it is just a relay. Time to diag. Don't know what else I can tell you. I can provide wiring diagrams if needed. My email is chevyase@aol.com
COMMENT by , July 06, 2013
thanks for your advice, you gave me someplace to start!