The starter was smoking so we decided to replace it. By the time we did replace it the battery had died. When the jumper cables was attached it started itself up without the key being put in the


Asked by Mar 16, 2014 at 04:51 AM about the Chevrolet Cobalt

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Ignition and turned on.  The starter
began smoking.  The engine didnt
sound right either.  Then it wouldnt
start.  Can you please help me with

11 Answers


It sounds like either like your starter relay is sticking or your ignition switch is bad. Change your relay its easier and cheaper and if that doesnt solve it then move on to ignition.

Best Answer Mark helpful

ok- you got yourself a mess there podnuh- the clue is that the car tried to start itself- you didn't hook the wires up right when you replaced the starter- or more likely, they were touching each other- did you disconnect the battery when you replaced the starter? woah- let's back up- why was the starter "smoking" in the first place? did some wires come loose and short themselves? sounds like it- just check the wiring, or, if you are in over your head, tow the car to a mechanic and let him sort it out-


What year cobalt? These are known for ignition switch issues. Check yours to see if its in the recalls or service bulletins. Failure to fix the ignitions on these vehicles could result in serious injury or death.


The battery was disconnected. Not sure why it started smoking. My daughter was on her way home from work. Its a 2006 chevrolet Cobalt LT. It is one of the ones but the letter stated the parts wouldnt be in till April.


She pulled the car over and I had it towed here.


Ok this is just my opinion. But from what I have been hearing they are not even totally sure that the fix is a cure for the safety issues with these ignition switches. If it was mine I would seriously be considering getting her another vehicle.


Agreed. I wouldnt want to be trapped In a car fire. My worst fear/ nightmare!


I wish I could buy another car but I dont have the money for that.


Well check recalls for that car and then fix it. Just make you keep an eye on whatever happens. Look out for symptoms!


I will do that.


Just figured I would update since I posted this a while back . We took the starter off and went the auto parts store and they replaced my starter because apparently the starter was a bad starter. Put the new one on and bought a new battery. Now the car runs like it should. Thank you all for trying to help me.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Cobalt in your area?

CarGurus has 2,724 nationwide Cobalt listings starting at $2,200.


Chevrolet Cobalt Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Cruze
568 Great Deals out of 61,519 listings starting at $1,400
Used Chevrolet SS
3 Great Deals out of 192 listings starting at $27,899
Used Chevrolet Malibu
664 Great Deals out of 48,938 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Civic
398 Great Deals out of 52,416 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Focus
408 Great Deals out of 70,291 listings starting at $1,695
Used Chevrolet Impala
379 Great Deals out of 27,771 listings starting at $1,499
Used Chevrolet Camaro
267 Great Deals out of 30,511 listings starting at $4,200
Used Ford Mustang
317 Great Deals out of 38,894 listings starting at $1,995
Used Honda Accord
592 Great Deals out of 92,752 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Corolla
715 Great Deals out of 67,521 listings starting at $1,599
Used Dodge Charger
253 Great Deals out of 33,687 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Camry
890 Great Deals out of 73,115 listings starting at $1,400
Used Nissan Altima
820 Great Deals out of 68,383 listings starting at $750
Used Ford Fusion
673 Great Deals out of 59,816 listings starting at $1,991
Used Chevrolet Cavalier
650 listings starting at $999

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.