97 Cavalier-ABS light comes on and then it won't start?


Asked by sunshinehc Oct 26, 2010 at 12:51 PM about the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

About a month ago, it was pouring down rain & my ABS light came on, I didn't think anything of it because sometimes it does that when its really wet outside (not sure if that's normal or not though). But then I stopped at a store & when I came back to my car, it wouldn't start, it sounded like the battery was dead. So I got somebody to give me a jump & it started right up. My ABS light was still on and then my emergency brake light came on too. When I turned it off, it wouldn't start again, still sounded like the battery, so I got another jump, ABS light was still on, but not the emergency brake light anymore. The next day, the car started right up & I haven't had any problems again.
Until this morning, taking my daughter to school this morning, my ABS light came again & then my car wouldn't start (some story, sounded like the battery, so I got a jump & it started right up), but after my jump, the ABS light went off & it still wont start.
I know ABS is brakes & has nothing to do with the battery, but I think its bizarre that its all happening at the same time.
I replaced the battery about 2 years ago & the brakes were just done a few months ago. So I'm wondering if anybody has any idea what could be causing this?? Thank you!!

3 Answers


same thing happened to me. does anyone know what gives? is it the alternater?

Merv Schmidt

it sounds like you have two different problems to be honest. chevy has a problem with water getting into the bearings and shorting them to ground causing the abs light to come on. a code scan will tell you which side bearing to replace. as far as your no start goes it sounds like you have a bad battery and would recommend seeing your garage to have them inspect the battery. i know you posted you replaced your battery 2 years ago but that does not mean that it might not have failed, I see it all the time at work. Hope this helps.


Yeah....some batteries just dont last. I honestly feel lucky when I get three years. I always leave the lights on!

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 2002 Chevy Cavalier ABS: vibration, buzzing

    So out of the blue my 2002 Chevy Cavalier ABS and TRAC OFF lights started coming on (entire wheel and tire were replaced over a month or two ago, no issues at the time). Turning the car off and on wil...

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier


    Maintenance & Repair

  • how to reset the anti theft system on a 97 cavalier 2 answers

    the car will not start the anti theft light is on

    1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Base


    Maintenance & Repair

  • I have a 1996 Cavalier that won't start 3 answers

    It was running fine 2 weeks ago ,then on occasion it wouldn't do anything until jumped, then run fine. Got new battery (had a bad cell) but same thing still happened, turn the key and it did not sta...

    1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base


    Maintenance & Repair

  • ABS Trouble 7 answers

    I have a 2000 Cavalier and the ABS light is on. The code says that the driver's side wheel speed sensor has no signal. I replaced the sensor and checked the wiring. No breaks in the wires. Then I st...

    2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Base


    Maintenance & Repair

  • 02 cavalier has spark turns over but won't start at all 16 answers

    Ok I was driving down the road when my car started spitting and spuddering then staled and it turns over has spark but won't start it won't even try too start it's a 2002 Chevy cavalier it ran gr...

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe


    Maintenance & Repair

Looking for a Used Cavalier in your area?
CarGurus has 1,631 nationwide Cavalier listings starting at $2,495.

Search Chevrolet Cavalier Questions

Chevrolet Cavalier Experts

#1 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 2,200
#2 dandyoun
Reputation 1,020
#3 mbar1
Reputation 860
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic"
826 Great Deals out of 58,098 listings starting at $999
Used Chevrolet Camaro"
503 Great Deals out of 26,536 listings starting at $2,950
Used Ford Focus"
1,156 Great Deals out of 73,046 listings starting at $1,299
Used Honda Accord"
935 Great Deals out of 74,667 listings starting at $1,295
Used Chevrolet Malibu"
1,079 Great Deals out of 56,172 listings starting at $1,400
Used Chevrolet Impala"
1,476 Great Deals out of 45,479 listings starting at $170
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,129 Great Deals out of 72,126 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Mustang"
653 Great Deals out of 42,740 listings starting at $1,695
Used Nissan Altima"
1,135 Great Deals out of 82,547 listings starting at $950
Used Pontiac Sunfire"
577 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Civic Coupe"
291 Great Deals out of 10,212 listings starting at $900
Used Mitsubishi Eclipse"
50 Great Deals out of 1,805 listings starting at $2,495